1992-02, Dulcimer Players News Vol. 18 No. 2
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PLAYERS NEWS THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL FOR DULCIMER ENTHUSIASTS $4.00 Vol.18, No. 2 April-June, 1992 •First in Flight* I n s i d e : PSALTERY M<frRTH mW92 Events Calendar • Chords and Harmony, Part II mAn Interview with Andy Robinson C A R O U H A • Mini-Profiles: Robert D. Hutchinson Nick Blanton • Letters, Music, How-to's, and more. O R T H C A R O L I N A W e ' r e o n t h e r o a d a g a i n . . . C o n t e n t Dulcimer Players News Volume 18, Number 2 April-June 1992 ©1992 • All rights reserved s Music Exchange 2 Networking 2 Letters to Us 3 a Fret Full • Lucy Joan Sollogub 7 News & Notes • Anna Selfridge Dulcimer Clubs • Judylreton Madeline MacNeil, Publisher/Editor Tabby Finch, Editorial Assistant Post Office Box 2164 Winchester, Virginia 22601 703/465-4955 8 9 Columnists Events • Anna Selfridge 11 Technical Dulcimer • Sam Rizzetta 19 Sam Rizzetta Mini Profile • Robert D. Hutchinson 20 Dulcimer Clubs a The Bonnie Lass of Anglesey 21 Fretted Dulcimer Fretted Dulcimer • Lorraine Lee Hammond 22 a The May Day Carol • by Jean Ritchie, tablature by Lorraine Lee Hammond 23 Andy Robinson Talks to Himself 24 Sociable Dulcimer n Flame • Andy Robinson 27 What's New/Musical Reviews Chords & Harmony, Part 2 • G. William Troxler 29 Hammer Dulcimer • Linda Lowe Thompson 34 David Moore a Over the Waterfall, land II 35 Events/News & Notes Mini Profile • Nicholas Blanton 36 a Der Ziguener Tantz 37 What's New 39 Classifieds 39 Technical Dulcimer Judy Ireton Lorraine Lee Hammond Hammer Dulcimer Unda Lowe Thompson Paul Furnas Carrie Crompton Euro Tunes Anna Selfridge Design, Typesettting & Production Walnut Springs Graphics, Inc. Subscriptions Joan Nauer The Dulcimer Players News is published four times each year. Issues are mailed (via 3rd class) to subscribers in January, April, July and October. Subscriptions in the United States are $15 per year, $27 for two years. Canada: $17 per year (US funds). Other countries (surface mail): $17, (air mail/Europe): $19, Nicholas Blanton RobertD. Hutchinson (air mail/Asia): $21. In the United States a page 36 page 20 reduced price of $11 (suggested) is available for people who are unable to pay the full subscription price because of financial difficulties. Recent back issues are Page24 usually available. Cost per back issue is On the Cover: Randy Case of Lawrenceville, GA took the photos during the 1991 Dulcimer Playing $5.00 in the US (includes postage). Workshop at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org D e a r P i?l;i erhaps consolation could be found by reading other maga| zincs and newspapers. Certainly I was soothed by rememi; bering the notice in a highly respected journal which s ™ appeared a few years ago. Readers were told not to cook a pumpkin dish from a recipe given in the magazine a couple of months earlier—botulism could occur. But, I still have a lump in my throat over our error in the January 1992 DPN. We reported with sadness that Garnet Rogers had died as the result of a swimming accident in Florida. It was Gamble Rogers. How many times did I proofread that item? Obviously, at least one time loo few. I knew it was Gamble Rogers. I'm embarrassed and sorry and hope that our future mistakes are not so difficult for all concerned to swallow. We are grateful to have Garnet Rogers still delighting us with his music and we are saddened at the loss of Gamble Rogers. What we thought was a wonderful issue, fun to work on at the end of 1991, quickly became a contender for The Issue From Hell. I did not want one more phone call which began, "Did you realize..." Here is a hasty rundown of the mistakes that have turned up so far. A copy of Bill Taylor's Taylor Made Cr ^ Dulcimers ad ran instead of the original from the negative. The letters FPO on the photo mean For Position Only, by the way. Thank goodness Bill Taylor is one of the kindest people I know. Other kind folks, Ed and Judy Ireton of Note-Ably Yours, had just "Yours" at the beginning of their classified ad. The music for "Amazing Grace" ran twice. We moved the Blacksmith House Dulcimer Festival from Massachusetts to Maryland, a rather impressive feat, come to think of it. If you found anything else, please don't tell us! If we misspelled your name or got your address wrong, please be assured: we do not stay up late planning how we'll do this to you. We're just trying to get the copy to the printer! I mentioned in the Winter issue that I would be in California for fifteen days at the end of January/beginning of February. Little did I realize how hard it would be toreturnto 20 and 30 degree temperatures in Virginia after basking in warm sunlight in the ; Spring 1992 • 1 R e a d e r s West But if that is the price to pay for the wonderful trip, so be it. The performances provided special moments, from playing a few tunes for an audience in Mono Bay with my good friend Janita Baker, to embarrassingly hearing the receiver on my wireless remote vocal mike pick up a passing cellular phone during the opening performance in Claremont. Days off were memorable also, especially my visit to a Camaldolese Monastery near Big Sur. When I travel to perform, I try to take a day for silent retreat at a monastery. This usually works out three or four times a year. This time I was able to spend three days at New Camaldoli, a return visit, as I was there last March. It was an exceptional moment in my life. I read and walked and marveled at the scenery (1,300 feet above the Pacific in the Santa Lucia Mountains). Once I played the hammered dulcimer and sang during Mass. I helped one of the brothers with a buzzing string on a small harp (so you know I wasn't silent all of the time). Another of the brothers is from West Virginia, so he and I went for a walk while discussing all of the wonders of Virginia and West Virginia. I came away with new ideas about my music, even though I only ^ touched the dulcimer when I played ^ for Mass. I know that many of you are looking forward to spring and summer when you can attend festivals and workshops to reach for insights concerning your music. That's why we try to give you a Wish Book of events each spring. Can theflowersbe far behind if the Dulcimer Players News in your mailbox announces in bold type, 1992 Events Calendar? Happy Spring! In harmony, Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com M u s i c E x c h a n g e • I am writing for information about a dulcimer that I found in my mother's attic (photos enclosed). Hoping that you can give me some idea as to its value, also something about the maker. • I am an enthusiastic new player of the On the inside of the top lid in a circle is mountain dulcimer who would like to hear printed, "WIGHT MAKER—Alabama." from players in southern Ontario and west- The sound board is cracked and warped; em New York state. Is there anyone in the the strings are all OK. It is built into the Toronto area who could teach the dulcimer case. The lid is cracked but the finish looks and/or share information? to be original. The lock is brass but has no key. The tuning pegs are piano size. Janice Coles Thanks for any help you can give me! 46 Banstock Drive Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2K2H6 Arthur L . Hammond 1-416-224-0913 46 Morry St Hillsdale, MI 49242 • I am looking for a teacher as well as other players of the mountain dulcimer in the Northern Virginia area. Josephine S. Terminello 9963 Wood wren Crt. Fairfax, VA 22032 • I recently moved to Springfield, Virginia from Illinois. I'm a beginner dulcimer player looking for a teacher in this area. Karen Burshnick 7715 Carrleigh Parkway Springfield, VA 22152 Editor's note: Although Karen doesn't specify which kind of dulcimer she plays, I would refer anyone in the Washington, D.CJNorthern Virginia areas to the House of Musical Traditions, in Takoma Park, MD or to Keith Young at 7031941-1071. • Where can I obtain the music for the song 'The Rebel Soldier?" I heard this recently at the Appalachia Museum in Knoxville, TN. Would like to hear from anyone that has music for this song on the dulcimer. Julie Halloran 6124 Post Rd. Dublin, OH 0 Can you identify this dulcimer? )SM KMI M l Closing dates for the July— September, 1992 DPN (To be mailed to subscribers by July 10th) Information for News & Notes, Letters, Music Exchange, etc: May 1st Classified Ads: May 10th Display Ads: May 10th (space reservation). May 20th (camera-ready copy) Ad Prices Display Ads 1/12 page $25 1/6 page $50 1/4 page $75 1/3 page $100 1/2 page $150 Full page $300 Inside front or back cover $400 Outside back cover (V* page) $400 Technical Dulcimer questions Sam Rizzetta PO Box 510 Inwood, WV 25428 For inquiries concerning interviews and articles, contact us for details and a style sheet. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. For returns of manuscripts, photos, or artwork, please enclose a stamped envelope; otherwise DPN is not responsible for their eventual fate. The DPN reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for length and clarity. The opinions expressed therein are not necessarily those of the Dulcimer Players News. Contact us concerning multiple insertion discounts. Advertisers: Please be sure to mention which kind of dulcimer is featured on recordings. Clubs Column Judy Ireton 6865 Scarff Road New Carlisle, OH 45344 News and Notes Anna Selfridge 3355 Ft. Amanda Road Lima, OH 45805 What's New and Reviews Classified Ads: Carrie Crompton 400 per word. 4 issues paid in advance without 11 Center Street Andover, CT 06232 copy changes: 20% discount. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 3 L e t t e r s to U s w Editor's note: the following letter has been substantially edited for length but we included as much of it as possible. DearDPN: Thanks to Maria, our Swedish au pair, .. .1 found myself with a set of genuine plans for a hummel. The builder, a man named Bjorn Bjorn, also sent a letter to me in rough but understandable English... Nearly a year passed by, with the hummel plans gathering dust in my filing cabinet. I've never considered myself much of a craftsman, so attempting to build it myself from the plans was essentially out of the question. And then it hit me! In July of 1991,1 took my oldest child out to the Ohio Valley Dulcimer Festival in Gallipolis, Ohio. That was a nice festival, complete with craft activities for children and lots of good music. While there, I saw some dulcimers and "dulcimettes" constructed by Ron Ewing. Back home, I dug out and re-read my July-September DPN —the one with Ron on the cover. I discovered that Ron and I share some similar interests, including engineering, music, and writing. I realized that here was my ultimate potential hummel builder, and he was just up the road a piece, in Columbus... .. .He timed delivery of the completed instrument for Christmas and the result is, well, outstanding! The Swedish drawing depicted an 11-string instrument. During R o n our "specifications" phase, Ron had the good idea to suggest the use of geared tuners similar to what one would find on a 12-string guitar. He decided to go ahead and mount a 12th string on the hummel; that wasfinewith me—the more, the merrier I always say. The instrument is beautiful.. .1 believe that Ron wanted to utilize at least one representative of each of the world's species of trees in the various structures that comprise this hummel.. .This instrument does not look like a prototype. It looks as if the man has been building hummels for 20 years, and this is his own refined design. And the sound—mellow, haunting, mysterious—well, I plan to put it on my next tape.. .1 am reasonably certain that it is the only one of its kind in this world (that is, unless Ron built two concurrently; I dreamed that he did.) Life's interconnectedness always fascinates me...from daycare for my three children.. .to a Swedish folk instrument. Thanks, Ron. I can't imagine how you were able to part with this instrument. Art Carran Fairfield, OH DearDPN: Well, we lost a good one, far too soon. I'm sending along this information about Moses [Scrivner] in the hope that it will merit attention in the magazine. In addition to the instruments he built and/or repaired for many notable country stars, Moses was a master builder of mountain dulcimers. At the time of his death he was working on around 18 dulcimers and hadfinishedup most of them. John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Gove E w i n g D u l c i m e r s 224 East Maynard Columbus, Ohio 43202 614-263-7246 Scrivenor, Will Smith, Linda Smith, Lee Clayton, Roy Huskey, Jody Maphis Jr. and many other notables were among those who performed at the benefit show held a week after his death. His passing saddens us all but he left some remarkable dulcimers that will be heard for decades, perhaps even centuries to come. John Lomox III Nashville, TN DearDPN: This weekend, I gave a second listen to a dulcimer CD that I bought about a year ago. It's a collection of popular songs, done non-vocally by an artist who I'd swear has been reviewed favorably in these pages. My recollections of my first listening were confirmed. Evidently the artist had decided, " I like these songs, and I can find all the notes on my instrument, so I'll record them." And so, with all the flair of a bored child practicing piano exercises, that's what this person did. And especially on the several up-tempo songs, the spiritless, emotionless dulcimer melody managed to weave lead out of gold. It took very little time for me to start asking myself, "Isn't it over yet?" I felt embarrassed for the sake of the whole dulcimer community. Hey, dulcimer pros, wake up! You can do better than that! It's one thing to rouse an audience (or a roomful of dancers, or jammers) with "Red-Haired Boy" or "Whiskey Before Breakfast"—but before you make "yet continued on the next page Dulcimers All hardwood, geared tuners, four strings. Onepiece, slotted soundboard design. Played same as any mountain dulcimer. Complete with noter and pick. DULCIMER Lacewood & Cedar Tearell CAPOS Cherry, $58 including UPS shipping. Add sales tax if shipped to NY address. Call or write for pricing and availability of other woods. Wood, $8.75 Ebony, rosewood overlay w/pearl snowflake, $13.75 Gold or black aluminum, $15.75 (Prices postpaid). Send SASE for brochure. McCracken Woodworks 23 Deerfield Lane, Ithaca, r4Y 14850 (607) 539-7350 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 4 • Dulcimer Players News Letters to Us continued another" recording of it, please ask yourself if you're doing something genuinely special with it. And if you want to record rock & roll, please be dam sure you make it rock! Sam Edelston Metuchen, NJ Dear Maddie and Meal [Hellman]: Enjoyed reading the "MacNeil-Hellman Report" in the Fall 1991 DPN, especially when I got to the end and saw Neal's contact with the raffele zither in Munich. Since I just performed a raffele zither piece in the Milwaukee Zither Club fall conceit in October, I was really interested to see it mentioned in the article. I have played concert zither (41 strings) for about 30 years. I first saw a raffele zither being used by folk musicians from Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria in 1984, and during a trip to Munich in 1985 I purchased one. But I had never played it until this year, when the Milwaukee Zither Club was going to do a piece called "Raffele March," and I dusted it off and learned it, with the assistance of the Raffele Schule (School) book and the Milwaukee conductor, James Sambol, a tambouritza player. The person who made the "idiot" remark [to Neal] was a little off base—it does take some practice and skill to play it correctly, as does any musical instrument. The raffele dates back earlier than the concert zither and stems from the scheitholt family of instruments as does the mountain dulcimer.. .The Milwaukee audience liked the raffele very much, and the club is thinking about importing several, for other members to use. They have been used traditionally as a rhythm instrument, more than a melody instrument, as they are very loud, and were used in years past to accompany folk dances, as they could be heard above the din of the dancing — before amplification. The raffele zither method book is also, unfortunately, in German, as are all of our concert zither method books. I'm working on an English zither method, but haven't finished it yet... I attended a bowed mountain dulcimer class by David Schnaufer because I have a bowed zither (streichzither—see photo) and wanted to learn some of the technique Dear DPN: The January issue was most interesting. The article on fret spacing was just what I've been looking for. Wish it wasn't such a long wait to get the balance of Sam's article. I play the dulcimer with a noter and quill and have been trying to master fingerpicking. Everything seems upside down to me after playing banjo and fiddle. I'll keep trying. I just completed a new instrument For lack of a better name I guess I'd call it a banjo dulcimer. I don't know if anyone else has tried one or not. Sounds pretty good to me and myfingersaren't upside down when I play it. Again, thank you for your help. DPN is a great magazine. Eric Leffingwell Top, the bowed zither. Below, a raffele zither. Lakeview, OR for playing it. David's class was a good start for me... Janet Stessl Editor, Zither Newsletter of U.SA. Chicago, JL Dear DPN: Time certainly "marches on;" I am now in my 83rd year; goodness knows where the time has gone! The hammered dulcimer still goes strongly. We know someone who has recently reached his hundredth year. He told us he has not heard one of these instruments for many years, so all being well, I expect to take mine to his house in the near future to give him, hopefully, an added treat. Recently, he obliged some of us with all the verses of the song, "To Be a Farmer's Boy," and keeping very much in tune. He spent his life working on a farm — the same farm on which his father and grandfather also worked. .. .In addition to other instruments I play, I have this year joined the George Formby Society, and now am going through some of my old song sheets of the twenties and thirties. These, with the banjo-ukelele chord boxes over the staff notation, mean that I am now enjoying a fresh approach to these old-timers, as indeed too are my musical friends. R.P. Gorrod Norfolk, England Dear DPN: Thanks for the current edition and back copies of DPN. I've had my nose stuck in them for the past three days to the exclusion of everything else. I have to congratulate you on the vastly improved contents and style, since I last subscribed several years ago. It's exciting and amusing to see how things have or have not progressed. The 1 and 1/2 fret? Yes! I've had that for many years on all my dulcimers and can say that I now could not do without i t I must say, however, that it does tend to confuse a few newcomers to the dulcimer. It's wonderful to see that there's a proper dulcimer capo and pickup. I've been using homemade ones, like most other people, but now I can save the effort involved in making them and put it into playing. It's even more wonderful to see the advances made in technology, playing styles, and techniques. I always have insisted that the Appalachian dulcimer is not a limited instrument—it seems that a lot of players agreed with me. In September this year I intend to visit Tennessee, go to the Memphis Dulcimer Festival, Jean and Lee Schilling's shop, and play at as many events as I can. Hope to see lots of dulcimer players, including Maddie. Phil Ranson Newcastle, England Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org F o l k DearDPN: We appreciated the review of our cassette, Friendship, A Gift, in your last issue. However, our address wasn't listed correctly. Therefore, if your readers are interested in this or any of our other releases, they can contact us at the address below. We also have available a calendar of our performances for the coming year. We appreciate the work put forth by the DPN staff. We also are pleased to hear attempts will be made to include history and stories about musical selections. We find our audiences appreciate and enjoy the information we supply about our music and suggest DPN readers work some interesting pieces of information about themselves and their music into their performances. Gary and Anne Wakenhut The Collecting Consort 7363 W. Edgar Rd. Lakeview, MI 48850 517/352-6996 DearDPN: I'm writing in response to Anna Selfridge's question in the News and Notes column in the January-March 1992 issue. As far as I know, the hammer dulcimer player who backed Kathy Mattea in the PBS special "Songs of the Civil War" is a fellow named Craig Duncan. Craig is a pretty good HD player as you no doubt discerned! He can also be heard on several tapes that are put out by the Christian group Brentwood Music, including Smokey Mountain Hymns, and Smokey Mountain Hits. I am far from a religious person but I do enjoy these tapes anyway— they are quite infectious and a lot of fun. By the way, Craig is a pretty decent fiddler, too. I'm new to the mountain dulcimer— learning it from Rodi and George Jackson in Morehead, KY this past summer. I want to do volunteer work at the local senior citizen center with their sing-alongs, but I'm not skilled enough to play by ear. The songs they sing are seldom in the mountain dulcimer music books I have acquired and I want to write the music arrangements I will use. I can find piano music easily. Is there shareware software for my IBM-compatible PC? I'm looking at Amazing Grace on pp. 28-29 and I wish I could print out arrangements like this. The book Complete Dulcimer Handbook by Mark Biggs has numbers that are difficult for these eyes to read—they are nice and dark but so close they seem to run together up and down. The Larkin Dulcimer Book is easier to read but would improve with darker print on the numbers. I really like Larkin's rhythm notations below the tablatures. Has anyone compiled these features in available software? Who? What address? Trudi Loper 1610Hailey St. Conroe, TX 77301 DearDPN: Please renew my subscription for two years. I really enjoy the music in the magazine. I even use the hammer dulcimer music as I re-tab it for my mountain dulcimer, and have good results though you'd likely not recognize the tune and rhythm as the original. Dorothy DeVault Delaware, OH H a r p s F r o m F o l k c r a f t The Highland Harp, Sr. A finely crafted instrument, lightweight and portable with a full bodied voice. Honduran Mahogany with a tapered spruce soundboard. Nylon strung with 27 strings and sharping levers on the " F " & " C " strings. Includes display stand and tuning wrench. $649.00 Hammered Dulcimers, Too Model 16ABC Resilient sound and tuning stability are the result of our unique arched construction. Honduran Mahogany, walnut and maple with a black lacquered soundboard. 16 treble courses tuned in the keys of A, D , G, & C chromatic. 15 bass courses tuned in the keys of D , G, C & F. $695.00 We also make Appalachian Dulcimers (6 models), Bowed and Plucked Psalteries, other Hammered Dulcimers, Instrument Kits and much more. ^-*»^*»^. Irish & Scottish Specialists. T i n Whistles, Bodhrans, Flutes, Concertinas, Granger and Campbell Practice Chanters, Small Pipes and Military Pipes, Uillean Pipes, plus a complete collection of harp and dulcimer books and records. DearDPN: Here in the Hotel Northampton, where Send $1 (refundable) for our complete catalog. we as a family retreated for a few days, I hope this answers your question, and I I'm huddled in a corner, waiting to play my dulcimer, but can't because I'll awaken rifrdf should tell you that the soundtrack to this them, and so I'm doing the second best program is available on cassette, and I thing; reading my latest DPN. I've been highly recommend iL Take care, and keep iliE wanting to send in my tune, "Fretfull", to up the good work! Party on! you all since writing it in September 1991. Anthony Hessling (Since I've dedicated the tune to Ron South Bend, IN P.O. Box 807D, Winstcd, Connecticut 06098 Ewing, I better send it to him too.) Now! (203) 379-9857 May 1992 be the year to"just do it!" DearDPN: MasterCard and Visa accepted on phone orders It's been really enjoyable to read the What a great issue is Vol. 18 #1!! I look continual comments over the past three Visit our retail store forward to learning more about music thein Winsted, Connecticut. ory from the series on chords and harmony continued on the next page by G.W. Troxler. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 6 • Dulcimer Players News Letters to Us continued issues, some made with various degrees of passion, about adding frets to our beloved instruments. In July 1991, when I saw Ron Ewing at the Cranberry Dulcimer Festival, I told him that I already had enough frets, and I didn't need any more. Who knows, but maybe that's still the case. Two featured performers of that festival were Jem Moore and Ariane Lydon. I was really inspired by their music and playing, and particularly fond of one of their pieces, "The Sunset Reel," by Cathal McConnell, which uses a C, C#, F, and F# and some unusual and beautiful chord progressions. (They play it on flute, guitar, and voice!) All the notes were available out of a DDGD tuning, but the playing was not as fluid as I desired. So—gulp—in early September I dropped my best Sunhearth dulcimer off at Unique Strings in Belmont, Mass with great reservation.(Only the dulcimer was having renovations.) You can find a great d u l c i m e r in N e w York City. After the R a i n A gallery of fine handcrafts in Soho featuring Appalachian Dulcimers by Blue Lion, Ron Ewing & North Country Dulcimers and Hammered Dulcimers by Dusty Strings After the R a i n 149 Mercer Street New York, N Y 10012 (212) 431-1044 Open Monday - Saturday 11-7 Sunday 12-6 A week later I picked it up; I remember the anticipation when I opened the case and then saw it; oh, no, "who are you?" (I thought I knew how to play the dulcimer!) A week later I wrote "Fretfull." I sort of knew I had to. Something to celebrate and welcome in these strange and new pieces of fret wire. There are pros and cons to all of this. And I'm just a beginning explorer with my 1 and 1/2 and 8 and 1/2 frets. (I recommend getting the octave while you're at it!) But in truth, I'm using these frets joyfully and continually, and even naturally. I still play in lots of tunings. I still slide up the fretboard. Some playing styles, for some songs, are adapted. Some sounds are annoying. But I'm pretty sure, for me, that the frets are here to stay. I'll be sharing thesereflectionsand opening a forum for other players to share theirs at the new Blacksmith House dulcimer festival in Cambridge, Mass., May 1-3. (See events calendar for more info.) We will play some tunes that use these chromatics, and players with traditionally fretted dulcimers will receive tablature of alternative ways and tunings, so everyone, with and without extra frets, can join in. Lucy Joan Sollogub Norwood, MA Dear DPN: How wonderful that there are people performing and promoting traditional dulcimer music and playing styles—modal music played with a noter and (at least) the modem equivalent of the turkey quill plectrum. How wonderful that there are people performing and promoting music on dulcimer that pushes the envelope of possibilities through intonation and experimentation, including 1 and 1/2 frets and yes, even fully chromatic fretboards. Are these instruments still dulcimers? Are viols still viols when you remove their frets? Yes: the bass viol, or string bass, while it shares many characteristics with the violin family, is different in significant ways. Its sloped shoulders and different tuning pattern alone identify it as a viol, not just an overgrown violoncello. It's still a dulcimer—not a malimore or a four-string lap guitar. All instruments evolve. The baroqueflutehad no key work. Its modem counterpart has as many as 17 keys. It's still afluteand plays a lot of the same literature, but it also plays music impossible on a keylessflute.Just as there are popular and scholarlyrecordingsof early music played on period instruments, there certainly is room for traditional dulcimer playing. It's effective and affecting, charming, and exciting. But confining the dulcimer to one style, or one fret pattern, is anathema to musical—and human—development. We need diversity to grow. Allow both their validity. Please, no limitations. Tom Baehr Melrose, MA Dear DPN: I am an Appalachian dulcimer player, and 5-string banjo and guitar player who was dissatisfied with the intonation delivered by the equal tempered frets on dulcimers, banjos and guitars. I realized that the frets could be laid out to deliver the acoustically perfect scale known as Just Intonation and that the music played on such an instrument would sound more perfectly in tune—the problem was that the instrument would only work in one key signature or mode, the particular key or mode for which the frets were laid out. I though of developing some kind of interchangeable fretboards and making them for Just Intonation—a different fretboard for each key or mode, but Tom Stone, in Iowa beat me to iL He tried twice to market interchangeable fretboard guitars, first as Intonation Systems and later as Novatone, but the world wasn't ready. He went out of business both times. Later I received a license to make Do-It-Yourself Kits of interchangeable fretboards for dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, and for the past five years I have been the only source for them. The standard intonation, equal temperament, was developed two hundred years ago as a compromise tuning which allowed one to play in all the keys. We are no longer limited to a single, fixed intonation. My one-of-a-kind dulcimer with magnetic interchangeable fretboards is lonesome. If any readers are interested, write to me c/o the U.S. Post Office, Greenbackville, VA 23356.Thanks. Mark Rankin Greenbackville, VA Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 7 F r Uses the 1V2, 8 V2 and 6 V2 frets e t F u l l composed by Lucy Joan Sollogub © September 24, 1991 forRonEwing c V 3- * 1 I I H H 3 3 A_2> ^ Gr Cvrn I » 1 ^ 3 3 £ 2. I I fc fc ^ ^ 33 3- 0 0 0 1 1 \ 1 1 0- I I I o - © — Gr 3 3 - ^ * L-JL ft trwj'.fvicx H±2 *T - - 4-3- M- Sequence: A', A , A\ A , B, B, C\ C , A , A , A\ A 2 2 2 1 2 2 5- P = Pull; H = Hammer; — = sustain or fill in with strums Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com N e w s & N o t e s edited by Anna Selfridge I I I irst of all, thanks to those who sent me your information. I wish I could answer all your letters with personal notes... From Peggy Mistak of Ottawa, IL, we hear that the Dulcimer Society of Northern Illinois celebrated the holidays with a unique party for members and friendsâ€”A Renaissance Faire, featuring special guests from the Society of Creative Anachronism. SCA is a group who, dressed in period costume, recreate the arts and crafts of earlier days. Early lute dances and carols were performed on dulcimers and recorders, English country dances were performed and taught, and a "feaste" of wassail and plum pudding was had. The group also arranged a concert/workshop with Cyntia Smith and Ruth Barrett. Michael "Moses" Scrivner, a luthier whose well-crafted instruments are highly Boys, Come Out to Play, the children's sought after, died on November 19,1991, of heart failure. He worked on instruments recording she made with her trio the Barolk Folk, with vocals by Maddie Macfor Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, Neil and Barbara Hess, has received a Hoyt Axton, John Prine, Kitty Wells, the 1991 Parent's Choice Gold Award by ParEverly Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Willie ent's Choice Foundation. And the group's Nelson, Eddie Rabbitt, and many other stars. Donations to defray funeral expenses Christmas recording, Come Let Us be Merry, was a NAIRD award winner. may be sent to the Moses Scrivner Memorial Fund, 2614-B Belcourt Ave., The original cast recording of the Nashville, TN 37212. Broadway musical, The Secret Garden, featuring Steve Schneider on hammer dulLois Hornbostel is enjoying organizing the Appalachian State University Dulcimer cimer, was to be released in December by Columbia records. 0 Playing Workshop (this year it's June 29July3). Over the years she has gotten many children started with dulcimers in the Southeast, and is now anticipating the release of her new book, The Classroom Dulcimer, by Backyard Music. Please, everyone, don't send me sample tapes. Occasionally I mention a few that come to my attention, but recordings are really Carrie Crompton's department She will be happy to announce your new recordings and arrange for reviews when appropriate. See the front of DPN for her address. Speaking of Carrie, Girls and Jean's D u l c i m e r Shop P.O. BOX 18, HIGHWAY 32 COSBY, TENNESSEE 37722 Phone: (615) 487-5543 SERVING & THE NEEDS OF THE FOLK AND HOMEMADE H A M M E R E D B O W E D Specializing & & MOUNTAIN P L U C K E D MUSIC WORLDS D U L C I M E R S & P S A L T E R I E S i n h a n d c r a f t e d f o l k i n s t r u m e n t s and e v e r y t h i n g f o r them -- FINISHED INSTRUMENTS, KITS, BUILDERS' SUPPLIES, CASES, ACCESSORIES, BOOKS, RECORDINGS, INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, FOLK TOYS AND A VARIETY OF HAND CRAFTS. Our c a t a l o g o f f e r s a u n i q u e l y d i v e r s e s e l e c t i o n f o r y o u r musical needs. Catalog $1.00 -- Refundable w i t h f i r s t order Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 9 D u l c i m e r C l u b s land Heights, OH. They meet every 2nd Tuesday at the Euclid Public Library. Contact Sarah at 3822 Parkdale Rd., Cleveland, Hts, OH; 2167291-1553. The Brandywine Dulcimer Fellowship has a new contact Earl Roth, 2112 I con the festival season begins. Get Peachtree Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808; I lots of extra sleep now and be 302/998-7767. Meetings are the first Fri| ready. I'll be waiting to jam with days of the month. you, any time, any place. Welcome to all the new clubs. We're amazed and The last issue of DPN incorrectly pleased at how fast the "dulcimer kingnamed one of the newest groups. We're dom" grows. sorry, this time we'll get it right and invite everyone to join the Yellowbanks DulThe Chestnut Ridge Dulcimer Players cimer Society (in Kentucky). They meet meet in Latrobe, PA at the United Church September through May the 1st and 3rd of Christ every Tuesday evening. They have 13 players and Pastor Welsh on guitar Mondays at Tamarack Elementary School. Gilda and John Shorn in Owensboro will keeping hisflockon the straight and naranswer your questions at 502/926-9877; row. Contact Don or Betty Brinker, 902 Hillview Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650 for info. meetings are 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The Bayou Dulcimer Club has Welcome to the Charlottesville Dulcimer Club in Virginia. I have no day or regrouped after a period of not meeting, time but Candy D'Addario can be reached and welcome anyone interested in joining. at 804/9734983. If you live near the area, Contact Paul Andry, 350 Ridge wood Drive, Mandeville, LA; 504/845-3494 for do drop in. New members are welcome. Sarah Richards is the new contact for the time and place if you live down Mandeville, Louisiana way. He says that Molly North Shore Dulcimer Players of Cleveedited by Judylreton S H e a r T O D A T h e M a g i c Y S ' C O N C E I T O f C H I L D Original and traditional music from home and abroad, featuring Hammered Dulcimer with flute, fiddles, guitar, cello, piano (and sometimes more). To Order*: Cassettes $10 • (or for bookings) Steve Schneider* Broadway's first hammered dulcimer player in the hit musical, The Secret Garden." TUESDAYS CHILD is his first of many recordings. Wiggins should no longer be listed as the contact person for that club. Ray Chittum says that the Wayne County Mountain Dulcimer Club has moved to the Creston Presbyterian Church. They meet the 3rd Monday at 7:00 pm. Jacksonville Dulcimers and Friends meet the first Sunday of the month from 79 pm. For information, contact Lynn Wadley, 6519 Lenczyk Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32211.904/743-1876. Finally, to clear any confusion, there is one dulcimer club, not two in Grants Pass, OR. Camp Crescendo Dulcimer Club and Southern Oregon Dulcimers are one and the same. Contact Sylvia Chapman, 3360 Riverbank RD., Grants Pass OR:503/4742598 for info. 0 CDS J1 5 Please add $1.50 postage and handling. Make checks payable to: Steve Schneider Mail to: Salient MusicWorks PO Box 34 Congers, NY 10920 M©MEIL Keith Young's newly designed fretted dulcimer is the ultimate for the concert performer or those who demand the very best in creative design, enhanced sound, playing ease and craftsmanship. • unique shape and soundholes • deep soundbox for stronger bass response and loudness • gold planetary tuners with rosewood buttons • wide rosewood inlaid fretboard • transducer bridge for incredibly natural acoustic amplification Write for free brochure Appalachian Dulcimers by Keith Young 3815 Kendale Road, Annandale, VA 22003 Telephone: (703) 941-1071 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com Folk Center S a l l y L a r k i n for a complete brochure this a n d on othei year-round workshops: ÂŁ n P.O. Will & Ann Schmid Judith Cook Tucker Muriel Anderson Robbie Clement Bob Wernerehl Dennis Waring a n d more Folk 130 Box 413 Milwaukee, ^ B r y a n t Write to: UWM FAM R o g e r s Call: W (414)229-4622 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 11 E v e n t s edited by Anna Selfridge concert and Saturday night dance. Info: Doug Hill, Augusta Heritage Arts Workshop, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV 26241.304/636-1903. This calendar includes eventsfromlate April until early September. Although we typed carefully, please don't show up at a festival until you verify the dates and other particulars! The July Dulcimer Players News will have late summer activities not listed here, plus events for the fall. Please let us know about any festivities we should include. Deadline for the July-September DPN is May 1st. Send information to DPN at PO Box 2164, Winchester, VA 22601. APRIL April 20-26 • Elkins, WV Spring Dulcimer Week presented by the Augusta Center. Included are in-depth classes for hammered and mountain dulcimer players and luthiers, Friday night April 23-24 • Tishomingo, MS Dulcimer Day. Two days of performances and jam sessions, as well as sales booths, sponsored by the Ala-sippi Dulcimer Association. Held at the Tishomingo State Park. Info: Hollis E. Long, Box 76, Dennis, MS 38847. April 24-26 •Lima, OH Great Black Swamp Dulcimer Festival, featuring workshops, vendors, concerts, dancing and jamming for both mountain and hammered dulcimers. Held indoors on the campus of Ohio State University, Lima. Info: Susan Porter, Lima Campus OSU, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804.419/221-1641, ext. 254. April 24-26 • Mt. View, AR The Ozark Folk Center's Dulcimer Jamboree features mountain and hammered dulcimer contests, workshops and concerts. Info: Dulcimer Jamboree, Ozark Folk Center, M l View, AR 72560. 501/269-3851. MAY May 1-3 • Cambridge, MA Blacksmith House Dulcimer Festival. Workshops for mountain and hammered dulcimers, concerts for kids and adults, and jamming. Info: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138.617/547-6789. May 3 • McCalla, AL Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival held at Tannehill State Park between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Jamming, performances and sales booth. Camping available. Info: Levis Barton, 2549 Altadena Forest Circle, Birmingham, AL 35243. Info. 205/822-1092. continued on the next page If IH ANNUAL' Historic Roscoe Village Ohio's Premier Restored Canal T o w n 'aX^^^P PRESENTS M i d - E a s t e r n Regional Dulcimer C h a m p i o n s h i p s ns rM a y 16 & 1 7 . 1 9 9 2 'JJidcimcr 'JJaus * ' $3.00 Adults * $1.50 Ages 8-18 * Free Ages 7 & under Competition Fee Same As Entrance Fee (No charge for members of Roscoe Village) MID-EASTERN REGIONAL DULCIMER CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS First Place Winners in the Mid-Eastern Regional Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer Competitions are offered a chance to go to the National Competition in Winfield. Kansas. In addition to winning First Place Trophies, the Mid-Eastern Hammered Dulcimer Winner will take home a handcrafted soprano hammered dulcimer from "Music On The Hill," Evart, Ml and the Mid-Eastern Mountain Dulcimer Winner will take home a handmade mountain dulcimer from "Hickory Ridge Dulcimer Works," Pomona, IL complete with a cordura carrying case from "Thisledew Acres," Marengo, OH. 1-800-877-1830 * 381 HILL STREET, COSHOCTON, OH * (614) 622-9310 DULCIMER G A T H E R I N G JULY /1U A U 1992 UNITARIAN UNIVI ISA! IST CHJBCH BIN6HAMT0N, NEW VOPK. WORKSHOPS - CONCERTS • DANCING iTAMMING-HYMN S l N G - V t ^ s ^ RECORDS SONG BOOKS • INSTRUMENTS t featured performers. Maddie MacNel on Mountain Dulcimer Carrie Crompton on Hammered Dulcimer John and Kathie Holandaworth on Autoharp and String Bass contact Ed Ware (607) 669-4653 12ra Foster nac8,f*xfwmten,NV13B03 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 12 • Dulcimer Players News May 3-9 • Brasstown, NC Mountain Dulcimer Building. Shape, assemble andfinisha mountain dulcimer from precut pieces. Class limited to six students. Info: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC 28902.704/837-2775. May 8-10 • Glen Rose, TX Texas Dulcimer Festival, held at Oakdale Park, features contests for mountain and hammer dulcimer players, arts and crafts fair, workshops and concerts. Info: Dana Hamilton, 904 Houston, Arlington, TX 76012. 817/275-3872. May 9 • Corydon, IN Traditional Music Festival at Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area features dulcimer workshops and an evening concert. Camping available. Info: Jeff Cummings, Wyandotte Woods SRA, 7240 Old Forest Road, Corydon, IN 47112. 812/738-8234. (see ad on this page) May 10-14 • Brasstown, NC Beginning Dulcimer Instruction, featuring basic skills and simple chords. Practice dulcimers will be provided. Info: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC 28902. 704/837-2775. May 15-17 • Florence, AL First Creek Dulcimer Festival, featuring workshops and conceits at Joe Wheeler State Park. Info: Charles Keys, 205/7645383. May 16-18 • Coshocton, OH Dulcimer Days at Historic Roscoe Village. Mid-Eastern Regional Dulcimer Championships for mountain and hammered dulcimer, workshops, open stage, jamming, exhibits and sales. Info: Roscoe Village Foundation, 440 North Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812.614/6229310. (see ad on page 11) May 22-25 • East Troy, Wl Stringalong Weekend. Concerts, workshops, singing and dancing at YMCA Camp Edwards. Dulcimer activities. Bring or rent an instrument. Info: UWM Folk M u s i c May 30-June 5 • Brasstown, NC Appalachian Music Week with old time mountain music on clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, and guitar. Info: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC 28902. 704/837-2775. JUNE June 5-6 • Owensboro, KY Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival. Concerts, workshops, crafts, and vendors at English Park. Info: Yellowbanks Dulcimer Society, c/o Gilda Shortt, 3506 Montrose Cl, Owensboro, KY 42303. 502/926-9877. June 6-7 • Overland Park, KS Dulcimer Days Festival. Workshops, miniconcerts, folk dancing, hymn sing, jamming, open stage and sales booths. Info: Ike LaJoie, 6741 Mackey, Overland Park, KS 66204.913/236-9289. S o u t h e r n 1 9 9 2 T r a d i t i o n a l Center, Ann Schmid, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, Wl 53201.414/229-4177. F e s t i v a l D u l c i m e r M i c h i g a n F e s t i v a l Saturday, May 9 Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area in Corydon, Indiana Performers Jean Ritchie David Schnaufer Jem Moore Ariane Lydon Dick "Richard"Albin Schedule 10 a m Workshops 1 pm Close-up Concerts 7 pm Evening Concerts All programs on EDS time Bring a lawn chair, food, drink Call the Nature Center at 812-738-8234 for information June 19-20-21, 1992 Barry Expo Center, Hastings, Michigan Kevin Roth * Helicon * Cece Webster The Olde Michigan Rufrwater Stringband Dave & Cathy Barton Para * Stone County Just Friends * The Gallier Brothers and others For more information please contact: Wan-en Guiles or Pat Hesselgrave (616)887-9436 (517)750-3472 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 13 June 12-13 • Cosby, TH Cosby Dulcimer and Harp Festival at Folk Life Center of the Smokies. For makers, players and listeners of mountain and hammered dulcimer and all kinds of harps. Workshops, children's activities and storytelling. Ticket includes camping. Info: Jean & Lee Schilling, PO Box 8, Cosby, TN 37722.615/487-5543. June 12-14 • Alderpoint, CA Eel River Music Camp. Workshops for acoustic instruments, singing and dance plus camp out. Info: Kicking Mule Records Music Camp, PO Box 158, Aiderpoint, CA 95411.707/926-5312. June 14-19 • Iron Mt., Ml Pine Mountain Music Festival & Folk Harp Week. Workshops, lessons, concerts, and jam sessions at the Pine Mountain Ski Resort Info: PO Box 506, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. 708/866-6533. June 19-21 •Hastings, Ml Southern Michigan Dulcimer Festival features concerts, workshops, dances, closeup concerts, open stage, jamming and musical sales area. Campsites available. Info: Warren Guiles, 9575 Peach Ridge, Sparta, MI 49345.616/887-9436. (see ad on page 12) June 19-26 • Blue Mt. Lake, NY Northeast Dulcimer Symposium Weekend and Week with workshops, intensive tutorials, concert, and symposium for mountain and hammered dulcimers. Info: c/o Barb Truex/SUM Productions, PO Box 104, Topsham, ME 04086.207/729-3005. June 20 • Brethren, Ml Performances, music, dance, children's activities and crafts at Dickson Township Park are part of the Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival. Camping available. Info: Sally Blank, Spirit Music Association, 11171 Kerry Rd., Brethren, MI 49619. 616/882-4905. June 21-26 • Brasstown, NC Dance Callers Week at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Fundamentals of calling contra and square dances to live music. Limited to 12 students. Info: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC 28902. 704/837-2775. June 21-26 • East Troy, Wl Summer Stringalong, featuring workshops, jam sessions, concerts, and open stage at UMCA Camp Edwards. Info: UWM Folk Center, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, Wl 53201.414/229^177. (see ad on page 10) June 21-27 • Lake Cumberland, KY Kentucky Summer Dance School, with folk dancing and music in the AngloAmerican tradition. Includes hammered dulcimer workshops. Special tracks for teachers and group leaders. Info: Kentucky Heritage Institute, PO Box 4128, Frankfort, KY 40603. 502/695-5218. continued on page 15 CALIFORNIA T R A D I T I O N A L MUSIC S O C I E T Y J U L Y 2 5 & 2 6 Two Days of Music &, Dance! presents the 12th Annual Summer Solstice Folk Music & Dance Festival June 26 - 28,1992 Hammer Dulcimer Fretted Dulcimer Janita Baker Lorraine Lee Hammond Neal Hellman Cathy Traut-Hesson Carilyn Vice Patty Amelotte Dan Duggan Jim Hayes David Neiman Beverly Erickson Joemy Wilson Over 130 participatory music/dance/folk art w o r k s h o p s per day SOKA University Campus, Calabasas, California 4401 Trancas Place, Tarzana, CA 91356-5399 (818) 342-7664 (Song) Lou & Peter Berryman Sparky & Rhonda Rucker Dave Moore • Kristina Olsen Blackburn & Masterson Mark Dvorak • Beggar's Alley Robert Shannon & the Dorkestra Oak Apple Morris Dancers and many more! At Historic Midway Village Rockford, Illinois 1 - 8 0 0 - 5 2 1 - 0 8 4 9 This program is partial!) aupportcd by a grant from the lUinaii Am Council, a auuc agate y. and by the National Endowment for the AjU, nd by a grant from the Rack ford Area Aria Council wb*h receive* aufpon from the caica of KucUoid. Macbeancy Pant and Loves Pack, (he Vboom LAru Council, and the National Endowment fur the Art* ^ Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com G e t r e a d y f o r D u l c i m e r T i m e i n B o o n e ! 15th Annual A p p a l a c h i a n D u l c i m e r S t a t e P l a y i n g Boone, North Carolina U n i v e r s i t y W o r k s h o p June 29 thru July 2, 1992 T E A C H E R S & PERFORMERS Barb T r u c x • Jerry Rockwell • Lois Hornbostel • Cyntia Smith Madeline MacNeil • D a v i d M o o r e • Sue Carpenter • Rob Brereton Phyllis Gaskins • Frank Proffitt, Jr. • M a r y Greene • Carolyn W h i t e Joe Shelton • Anna Barry • Orville Hicks • Ora Watson ® omc to Appalachian's beautiful campus in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy even more mountain dulcimer activities and excitement than ever before: • Comprehensive 15-hour courses in 4 "grade" levels from beginner to advanced that sequentially build your playing skills with a master teacher. • Specialized 15-hour courses this year will feature Madeline MacNeil teaching "Mountain Dulcimer & Singing" for advancing beginner and novice players, and Cyntia Smith teaching "Fingcrpickingforintermediate and advanced players." • Over 40 1 -hour and 2-hour "clective"dasses on dulcimer heritage, innovations, musical styles, theory and playing techniques. • Two evening concerts featuring staff and additional performers, and a students' open stage. • Field trip to meet traditional dulcimer builders and crafters Leonard, Clifford and Clara Glenn. • Private lessons available with faculty members. • Mountain-Style Pig Pickin' and Square Dance with live band. • Inexpensive tuition and dormitory housing. For brochure and application contact Office of Conferences & Institutes, University Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608 (phone 704/262-3045). Brochures arc mailed in April, and prompt registration is advised. For other information and correspondence contact Lois Hornbostel, Director, P.O. Box 487, Bryson City, NC 28713. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 15 June 22-26 • Princeton, NJ Hammered Dulcimer I: How do the hammersfly?Class on hammered dulcimer technique, tuning, chording for accompaniment and repertoire. Graduate credit and campus housing available. Info: Westminster Choir College, Hamilton at Walnut, Princeton, NJ 08540.609/924-7416, ext. 227. (see ad on this page) June 24-28 Guild of American Luthiers National Convention. We don't know the location, but information may be obtained from the GAL, 8222 S. Park, Tacoma, WA 98408. 206/472-7853. June 26-28 • Calabasas, CA Summer Solstice Dulcimer and Traditional Music and Dance Festival. Workshops for instruments (including hammered and fretted dulcimers), singing, dance and crafts, plus dance and concerts. At Soka University, Calabasas. Malibu Creek State Park Campgrounds nearby. Handicapped accessible. Info: California Traditional Music Society, 4401 Trancas Place, Tarzana, CA 91356. 818/342-7664. (see ad on page 13) Choir College, Hamilton At Walnut, Princeton, NJ 08540.609/924-7416, ext. 227. (see ad on this page) June 26-28 •Altamont, NY Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance. Altamont Fairgrounds. Concerts, singing, dancing, participatory dancing, learn-hows, storytelling and performances for children. Camping available. Handicapped access. Info: Old Songs, Inc., P.O. Box 399, Guilderland, NY 12084. 518/765-2815 Monday through Saturday, 10 am-3pm. June 29-July 3 • Boone, NC Appalachian State University Dulcimer Playing Workshop. Classes for all levels of mountain dulcimer playing plus special courses in singing and flngerpicking. Concerts, open stage, workshops and field trip. Info: Lou Ellen Jones, ASU Office of Conf. & Inst, Boone, NC 28608. 7M/2623045. (see ad on page 14) June 26-Aug. 22 • Kingston, NY Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Workshops. Info: Jay Unger, RD 1, Box 489, West Hurley, NY 12491.914/338-2991. June 29-July 3 • Princeton, NJ Hammered Dulcimer II: Variations & Arranging. Prerequisite: previous class or private study. How to add notes to tunes to create variations and how to arrange tunes for solo performance. Info: Westminster I rift July 2-5 •Newport, PA Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering. Workshops and concerts. Info: Limberjack Productions, PO Box A, Newport, PA 17074. 717/562-9469. continued on the next page ( D u l c i m e r H e a v e n ^ . . . e x p e r i e n c e i t at A U G U S T A ! 0 Week-long classes in hammered and mountain dulcimer, for all levels, plus concerts, dances, and more! "... an incredible hammered dulcimer experience In a friendly environment." — Howard Powell, Pennsauken, N.J. NEW! JULY Instructors Include: And by Popular Demand! MADELINE MACNEIL • ANGEL CHIANGO RANDY MARCHANY WALT MICHAEL • R. P. HALE Both classes taught by Lucille Reilly, author of Striking Out... and WINNING! and The Hammered Dulcimer A-Chording to Lucille Reilly. • SAM HERRMANN • SAM RIZZETTA • LARKIN BRYANT Variations and Arranging How Do the Hammers Fly? June 29-July 3 June 22-26 Beginners through advanced players welcome. Graduate credit is available. Westminster Choir College will offer more than 40 courses for musicians during SUMMER SESSION '92. For a catalog and complete information, contact: • D O N PEDI July 5 - August 9 For complete details contact: WESTMINSTER C H O I R C O L L E G E Summer Session 1992 Hamilton at Walnut Princeton, NJ 08540 AUGUSTA HERITAGE CENTER Box DP .Davis & I.lkins College • F.lkins. WV 26241 • >y (304)636-1903 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com /Z 16 • Dulcimer Players News July 3-5 •Zelienople, PA Allegheny Dulcimer Festival. Mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops, concerts, quare dance. Camping. Info: Dorothy Buchanan, 7616 Waverly Sl, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. 412/371-7828. July 5 • Warrenville, IL Warrenville Folk Festival. Concerts, workshops for mountain and hammered dulcimers, jamming, crafts, children's activities. Please confirm before going. We don't have this year's information on the event Info: Dona Benkert, PO Box 248, Warrenville, IL 60555. 708/717-8495. July 5-Aug. 9 • Elkins, WV Augusta Heritage Arts Workshops. Five weeks of classes, concerts, dances, etc., including many week-long dulcimer workshops, beginning to advanced. On-campus lodging and meals available. Info: Doug Hill, Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, Box CT, Elkins, WV 26241. 304/636-1903. (see ad on page 15) July 10-12 • Bar Harbor, ME Downcast Dulcimer and Folk Harp Festival. Workshops, open stage, concerts, songsharing, sales booths and contra dance. Motels and camping nearby. Info: (send SASE) Song of the Sea, 47 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.207/288-5653. mer dulcimer, mini-classes, concerts, jam sessions, dancing, air-conditioned suites and classrooms. Info: Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351.606/7832077 (KY) or 800/354-2090 (other states), (see ad on the next page) July 13-27 • Rio Grande, OH The School of Homestead Living features dulcimer workshops (hammered and mountain) from beginning to advanced. Please confirm; we do not have current information for this workshop. Info: Kingsley Meyer, University of Rio Grande, Box 878, Rio Grande, OH 45674. 614/245-5353. (Ohio only: 800/282-7201) July 10-12 •Joplin, MO Summerfest '92 features mountain and hammered dulcimer concerts, and workshops for all levels. Info: Lloyd Woods, PO Box 158, Cresdine, KS 66728. 316/389-2377. July 11-12 • Morris, IL Gebbard Woods Dulcimer Festival sponsored by HANDS of Illinois. Workshops, concerts and jamming. Info: Kathy Fritz, PO Box 110, Downers Grove, IL 60515. 708/456-6292. (see ad on this page) July 16-19 • Evart, Ml Dulcimer Funfest at the Osceola County Fairgrounds. Concerts, workshops, open stage, jamming and sales booth. Camping available. Info: Donna Beckwith, 817 Innes NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 616/459-6716. July 12-18 • Morehead, KY Mountain Dulcimer Camp. Presented by Morehead State University, the camp includes in-depth classes in lap and ham- T h e F i f t h G e b h a r d D u l c i m e r A n n u a l W o o d s F e s t i v a l J u l y 11-12, 1992 GEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK - MORRIS,ILLINOIS Mike Liz Cifani - Phil Jim Hudson m m Anderson Cooper - Diane Bill - Gerry & Margaret Ippel Spence Paul - Bill Robinson & Fennig's Van Armstrong Nelson All - Paul & Goelz Friends Stars Arsdale Saturday-night Old-time Dance featuring live music by Bill Robinson & Friends and Bill Spence & Fennig's All-Stars with caller Tony Scarimbolo Concerts - Workshops - Demonstrations & Hands-on Instruction - Instrument Builders - Old-time Dancing Music Recordings & Accessories - Children's Activities -]am Sessions G E B H A R D W O O D S D U L C I M E R F E S T I V A L P.O.Box 110 - Downers Grove, I L 6 0 5 1 5 (815)756-1830 • (708)456-6292 Sponsored by HANDS of Illinois. Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting dulcimer music, in association with the Illinois Department of Conservation and the City of Morris. Partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 17 July 17-19 • Bartelsville, OK Dulcimer Days. Workshops for mountain and hammered dulcimer plus concerts. Info: Indian Territory Dulcimer Celebration, PO Box 471532, Tulsa, OK 74147. 918/455-8241. July 24-26 • Binghamton, NY Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Workshops (mountain and hammer dulcimers, autoharp) concerts, open stage, contra-dancing and jamming. Camping available. Info: Ed Ware, 1259 Fowler Place, Binghamton, NY 13903.607/669-4653. (see ad on page 11) July 25-26 • Indianapolis, IN Eagle Creek Folk Music Festival. Solo and group performances including mountain and hammered dulcimers, autoharp, guitar and fiddle. Info: Dave and Sue Beard, Central Indiana Folk Music & M l Dulcimer Society, PO Box 1503, Indianapolis, IN 46206. 317/462-9681. D u l c i m e r July 25-Aug. 2 • Buffalo Bap, WV Balkan Music and Dance Workshops. Classes, performing, dance parties. Parttimers and beginners welcome. Info: Bill Cope, Director, East European Folklife Center, 402 S. Henry Ave., San Jose, CA 95117.408/984-8786. and Midway Village. Performances, workshops, jamming and dance, featuring hammered & mountain dulcimers. Info: Rock River Friends of Folk Music, PO Box 1583, Rockford, IL 61100.800/521-0849 (IL) 800-423-5361 (outside IL). (see ad on page 13) July 18-19 •Gallipolis, OH The Ohio Valley Dulcimer Festival features concerts, workshops, open stage, jamming, exhibitors, and activities for children. Please confirm; we do not have current information. Info: Tim Nyros, The French Art Colony, PO Box 472, Gallipolis, OH 45741.614/446-3834. July27-31 •Louisville, KY Kentucky Music Week. Instruction in fretted and hammer dulcimers and other instruments plus singing and concerts. Info: Nancy Barker, Box 651, Bardstown, KY400W. 502/348-5237. July 24-26 • Louisville, KY Kentucky Music Weekend. Concerts, workshops, dances and crafts at Iroquois Park. Also see July 27th listing. Info: Nancy Barker, Box 651, Bardstown, KY 40004. 502/348-5237. July 31-Aug. 2 • Ferrisburg, VT Champlain Valley Festival. Traditional music (including hammered and mt. dulcimer), dance, storytelling, workshops, concerts, crafts and children's programs. Camping and motels nearby. Handicapped accessible. Info: Mark Sustic, PO Box 163, Fairfax, VT 05454. 802/849-6968. July 25-26 • Rockford, IL Folk Music Festival. Rockford Museum C a m J u p l i n y t h e continued on the next page M o u n t a i n s 1 2 - 1 8 T h e second a n n u a l D u l c i m e r C a m p in the Mountains will feature intensive instruction in all levels of the L a p and H a m m e r Dulcimer. Mini sessions will offer the L a p and H a m m e r Dulcimer, Fiddle, T i n Whistle, Guitar, Banjo, Auto Harp, H a r m o n i c a and String B a n d , including E v e n i n g Concerts and J a m Sessions. We can assure your comfort in air-conditioned suites and classrooms. Our qualified staff looks forward to meeting you. E s t h e r Kreek, Sweetwater (Cindy, Shelley, S h a r i and J u d y ) , Dorothy B u c h a n a n , Gene Young, Ron Dobler, Louise Ziegler, Marynell Y o u n g , Rodi J a c k s o n and Rex Dorsey. M o r e h e a d State University Regional Development Morehead, Kentucky Services 40351-1689 C a l l 606-783-2077 or 606-783-1054, out-of-state 1-800-354-2090 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 18 • Dulcimer Players News July 31-Aug. 8 • Mendocino, CA Lark In The Morning Music Camp. Music and dance, workshops, dances, parties, harps to hurdy gurdies, bagpipes to belly dance. Camping and childcare available. No pets or day visitors. Info: Lark In The Morning, Box 1176, Mendocino, CA 95460. 707/964-5569. AUGUST August 6-8.Ashevilie, NC Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Clogging andfiguredancing, oldtime and bluegrass music, ballads, dulcimers, storytelling. Handicapped accessible. Info: Jackie Ward, Ashville Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1011, Asheville, NC 28802. 800/548-1300 (NC), 800/257-1300. August 15-16 • Salem, WV Dulcimer Weekend at Fort New Salem features workshops (hammered and mountain), concert, and jamming. Info: Carol Schweicker, Fort New Salem, Salem- Teikyo University, Salem, WV 26426. 304/782-5245. SEPTEMBER September 2-7 • Avoca, IA Old-Time Country Music Contest and Festival. Contests for hammered and mountain dulcimers among many other instruments at the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds. Camping available. Info: PO Box 438, Walnut, IA 51577. 712/7843001. September 11-13 • Shepherdstown, WV Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival. Annual hammered dulcimer festival, featuring classes at all levels, open mike and a concert. Info: Joanie Blanton, Box 1474, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.304/2632531. Plans for the Fourth Annual September 11-13 • Denison, IA National Traditional Music Performer Awards. Includes contests for dulcimer playing. Held at Crawford County Fairgrounds. Info: NTCMA, PO Box 438, Walnut, IA 51577. September 24-26 • Memphis, TN Memphis Dulcimer Festival, featuring performances and workshops on hammered and mountain dulcimers, autoharp, etc. Info: Memphis Dulcimer Festival, 95 N. Evergreen SL, Memphis, TN 38104. 901/725-6976. (see ad on this page) Sept 27-0ct 1 • Brasstown, NC Beginning Dulcimer Instruction, featuring basic skills and simple chords. Practice dulcimers will be provided. Info: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC 28902. 704/837-2775. We will have more events listed in the July issue ofDPN. Send information to us (by mail, please) by May 1st.. EVENTS CALENDAR Clip and Save January-March issue: Events from early February to early May Deadline • November 1st are now underway... Featuring Concerts and Workshops for Fretted and Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp and other folk instruments Thur. Evening, Sept 24th All day and evening, Fri., & Sat., Sept. 25th & 26th Get on the mailing list for our Festival Flyer, to be released June 1st Write to: Larkin Kelley Bryant 95 N. Evergreen St Memphis, TN 38104 (901)725-6976 April-June issue: Events from early May to early September This is our largest yearly calendar Deadline • February 1st July-September issue: Events from early August to early November Deadline • May 1st October-December issue: Events from early November to early February Deadline • August 1st Vendors inquiries welcomed Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 â€˘ 19 T e c h n i c a l D u l c i m e r modal songs with an authentic Appalachian sound, leave off the extra fret. For a more versatile dulcimer that is less likely to get left out of some interesting music, the 6 and 1/12fretis handy. For playing in afingerpickingstyle and playing chords, I Deriving Fret Positions, Part 2 prefer this extra fret. At this point you are, perhaps, anxious This article concludes the technical colto dash out for your pocket calculator and umn that began in the January-March ruler and fret wire, and are wondering why 1992 DPN. Sam responded to the query on where to place the frets when building there are a few more paragraphs dragging a mountain dulcimer with a mathematical on. This is because the equal-tempered technique, the "rule-of-18." He explained scale, derived by our rule-of-18, is not the only scale possible. Perhaps not even the how to modify this rule when actually determining fret locations. By using your best scale. Maybe not even the second ear to compensate for variables like scale best, whatever "best" may mean! The equal-tempered scale resulted from the length, string gauge and composition, penchant of piano composers to write tightness, etc, you can create an equaltempered scale. But, he concluded, it will music that modulated through strange and have more notes than a dulcimer needs... amusing key changes and harmonies. To do this, the intervals that sound sweetest to the human ear are adjusted somewhat on I | p l t will be easier to understand which the instrument in question so that intervals I 1 1 frets to exclude by calling our by Sam Rizzetta | l l whole step intervals "two half I . . ::::: steps." Wherever an interval is two half steps we leave out the fret for the first of those two half steps. The dulcimer starts with the open, unfretted pitch being "sol." Two half steps to la (thefirstfret).Two half steps to ti (second fret). Half step to do (third fret). Two half steps to re (fourth fret). Two half steps to mi (fifth fret). Half step to fa (sixth fret). Some modern builders will here include a "6 and 1/2 fret," or "fa sharp" (a half step). Otherwise, from fa we have two half steps to sol; two half steps to la; two half steps to ti; and a half step to do'. Continue this fret scheme for about 2 octaves or 2 and 1/2 octaves above the open suing. The frets will begin to get very close together, difficult to play, and high and "twinky" in pitch if you go further. Higher frets also interfere with the strum hollow. What about mat 6 and 1/2 fret? Should we or shouldn't we? If you've been counting your intervals, you will notice that with the 6 and 1/2 fret we may play a diatonic major scale from the open string, or starting a fourth above at the third fret. This is handy for changing keys without retiming, but isn't absolutely necessary. Some rather old dulcimers and dulcimerlike zithers did have extra frets of various sorts. But if you plan to play only old, MEAN-TONE SCALE Distance saddle to fret 28.00" 25.04 sol la ti 22.40 20.93 18.72 16.74 do re mi fa 61/2 sol la ti do' re' mi' 9.36 8.37 fa' 141/2 sol' la' ti' do' Figure 2 15.70 14.98 14.00 12.53 11.20 10.47 7.85 7.49 7.00 6.26 5.60 5.23 and harmonies are equally in tune regardless which of the 12 tones of the chromatic scale we start on. But "scholars" differ. Some would say the intervals in equaltemperament are equally out of tune! This is just one reason that modern Western music sounds unattractive to some cultures. And vice-versa, I suppose. If a dulcimer'sfretsare placed by ear, by a musician who can hear a sweetsounding scale, the result is likely to be a "just", or natural, scale. This can explain why many old dulcimers appear to have frets placed where we modern builders don't expect them. For playing solo, accompanying singing, or playing with instruments that are not fixed in pilch, like the violin, the natural scale would be ideal for the dulcimer. This is especially true if it is to be played noter-style, or only with simple basic chords in one key or mode. This could, however, sound too out-oftune when playing withfixed-pitch,equaltempered instruments. To the sensitive ear the equal-tempered scale will sound noticeably sharp at the third, sixth, and seventh of the scale. A useful compromise is the mean-tone temperament. The scales and chords will still be sweeter than those of equal-temperament instruments. And major scales started from both the nut (open) and third frets will sound very agreeable. Again, if solo playing and singing are your bag, this may be the ticket Mean-tone and natural scale both work OK with the 6 and 1/2 fret. For more on mean-tone temperament and natural scale read Rick Fogel's article, "Mean-Tone Temperament for Hammer Dulcimer," in the Fall 1988 DPN. He gives frequencies for deriving scales; it is possible tofigureoutfretplacements from this. Also, I've included here mean-tone fret placements for a 28" scale that I like. I encourage youfretteddulcimer makers out there to give it a listen! Since the fretted dulcimer is not chromatically fretted, I consider equal-temperament fret placement to be a bit inappropriate to the instrument and the dulcimer sound. It is primarily a diatonic instrument, and therein lies much of its charm and beauty. A singer or violinist performing a diatonic tune would sweeten the scale, to the listener's delight. Most of my favorite old dulcimers do this, too. 0 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 20 â€˘ Dulcimer Players News Robert D. Hutchinson W hen I first began making mountain dulcimers for my Special Ed kids back in '73,1 had no idea that I'd get so involved. After all, the dulcimers were just made out of cardboard then and anyway, they only play in one key, right? But in no time at all, my wife and I had created North Country Dulcimers and I was teaching lessons all over Pittsburgh, performing on stage, writing a book. Suddenly there were folks who called me an expert... long before I had any idea what I was doing, either in the shop or on thefingerboard.But God watches over fools and dulcimer folks, or so they say, and now, after some sixteen years of commercial building, teaching, and playing my dulcimer in various band and recording situations, I'm just beginning to realize how stupid I was way back then and how much I've learned since. I guess what I've learned is that the only keys to good building and playing are experience and patience. That is, if you want to learn how to design and build good dulcimers, build 25 to 50 of them, throw them all away, and start from there. Also, the last fifteen years that I've spent marketing my instruments in the retail crafts market have been a marvelous education. They've given me the time and opportunity to develop my product and design, and the constant feedback (oh! the constant feedback!) to keep me humble and on track. Along that same line of thought, if you want to learn how to play good dulcimer, put yourself into a situation that will give you experience, fast Join a local square dance band or volunteer for church programs or library story hours or do sing-alongs at the daycare center. This doesn't take the place of lessons but you'll be surprised at how much faster you'll learn when your ego is involved. When I was with Jim Carr and Friends playing Irish music all over the States, a typical set would contain songs in eight or nine different keys, major and minor. Believe me, you learn alot about your dulcimer just trying to get through that kind of set with a minimum of retuning on only one or two instruments. And forcing my dulcimer to fit into the eclectic repertoires of Swinging on the Gate and Wild Ginger (we did everything from Gregorian chant to the Byrds) taught me a bunch of picking and playing styles and ways to give my dulcimer different voices. This is all stuff I wouldn't have learned sitting in the living room. Most important, I've learned to be patient. You've got to give your skill time to develop. Christmas don't come at no 90 mph. What am I doing now? Well, I continue to make huge piles of sawdust in the shop and ship my dulcimers (and kazoos) all over. I'm forcing myself to learn chromatic dulcimer by adding a new fret from time to time. I had so much fun doing my last cassette, Tales Told 'Round the Fire, that I'm writing, practicing, and performing so that I can come up with the right material for the next cassette. I continue to teach the various dulcimer courses in the Pittsburgh area that I've done for years so I can develop the new TAB for workshops, seminars, and maybe another book. I'd also miss my students if I didn't teach. And of course, there is that eternal search for gigs. The tune that I've included for you is short and easy but it's fast becoming one of my favorites. The tune itself is one of several called "Bonaparte's Retreat," but I learned it from Martin Carthy's Crown of Horn album, where Carthy uses it as the melody for "The Bonnie Lass of Anglesey." The tune moves really quickly and since it stays on the first four or five frets, it's a great exercise for the left hand. But truly, you should get ahold of Martin Carthy's version and listen to the very dulcimer-like way he plays his guitar. And of course the words arc delightful. There aren't many songs about women champions. I hope to see all of you somewhere down the road, at a festival or a craft fair or maybe at some diner drinking way too much coffee. Just sneak up behind me and hum a verse or two of "The Bonnie Lass of Anglesey" and I'll know just who you are. 0 P.S. Hello! Hello! Hello! to all my Boone TAB junkies. I miss you. Robert D. Hutchinson 49 Bairdford Road, Box 255 Bairdford, PA 15006 (412) 265-3143 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 21 T h e B o A n o n J ri r l 1 % J 10 J e L a s s o f A n g l e s e y i 1 L_J W i I i 1 1 I I 1 i—1 L_J i —i rt-f--?- 1 i i i J J 0 I 7L \ I I i I I There he sits, there he stares, alone and O what afrightenedking is he. Forfifteenlords have all come down to dance and gain the victory. Our king he keeps a good treasure, and he keeps it locked with a silver key, Buififteenlords who have all come down can dance his gold and his land away. I 0 IZ ZH 1 j I Tillfifteenlords all cried, "Avowed!" for the Bonnie Lass of Anglesey. She's taken onfifteeenone by one saying, "Sweet, kind sire, will you dance with me?" But ere it's ten o'clock of the night, they all gave in most shamefully. Then up rose thefifteenthknight, and O what an angry man was he He's lain aside his buckle and sword ere he's gone so manfully. There he stands on the casUe high, alone, so loud, so loud I hear him cry, Well, he danced high and he danced low and he danced the livelong day. "Go saddle your horse and bring to me the Bonnie Lass of Anglesey!" He said, "My feet shall be my death ere she gain the victory." Some rode north, some rode south, there were some to the east they rode "O my feet shall be my death ere this lass do gain the victory," straightway. But ere it's ten o'clock of the morn, he gave in most shamefully. Spied her high on die mountain top, the Bonnie Lass of Anglesey. She's taken the king all by the hand saying, "Sweet, kind sire, will you Up she starts as white as the milk, between the king and all of his comdance with me?" pany. But ere the king had taken one step, she danced his gold and his land Says, "What is the prize if I do ask ere I gain the victory?" away. "Fifteen plows, a house, and a mill, I will give to thee till the day thou She's taken all their buckle and sword, she's taken all their gold and die. their bright money. And the fairest knight in all my court as your husband for to be." And she's away to the mountain top, the Bonnie Lass of Anglesey. "Fifteen plows, a house, and a mill? Come now, that's no prize for a vicThere'sfifteenlords come aswaggering down for to dance and gain the tory. victory, And there's no knight in all your court who'll have me as his wife to be? Butfifteenlords and one high king go all ragged and bare today. Up she starts as white as the milk, she danced as light as a leaf on the broken sea. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com F r e t t e d niiir-i D u l c i m e r nmr only the shadblow bushes were in flower. by Lorraine Lee Hammond The white blossoms were a long way from the ground, and it was hard work for a child to reach them. May Day seems to me a wonderful time to celebrate the dulcimer. I had helped I aithful readers of this column will found the Rower Carol Dulcimer Festival I E observe that I have changed my in Watertown, Mass., and now a new event I 1 j name to reflect my recent marriage is emerging built on its legacy—the Blacki to Bennett Hammond on Thankssmith House Dulcimer Festival in Camgiving Day, 1991! bridge. (Ed. note: See the events calendar May Day, like Thanksgiving, remains for info.) essentially a noncommercial holiday in America. As a child in rural Connecticut, I To herald this new event, Jean Ritchie woke at dawn each May Day morning and has given me permission to present the snuck out to pick whatever was blooming beautiful May Day Carol here, a song that to fill the paper May baskets I had made. was part of her Kentucky childhood. It The game was to slip the baskets over the rings true to my own childhood as well. neighbors' doorknobs, ring the bell and The melody is beautiful played dronedisappear to a hiding place. The houses style. Try adding my full tablature arrangewere few and far apart and I suppose, ment on some verses, use drone style on looking back, that the neighbors all knew I others. Enjoy it both ways. I wish you a was the one doing it. For me it was a grand joyful May! 0 and secret adventure. When spring came early I would find purple, yellow, and tiny white violets in the woods. Some years there was still snow on the ground and NEW Timeless P Slow Airs and Upbeat U A A branch of May I will bring you, my love, Here at your door I stand; It's nothing but a sprout, but it's well budded out By the work of the Lord's own hand. In my pocket V ve got a purse Tied up with a silver string. All that I do need is a bit of silver To line it well within. My song is done and I must be gone, For I can no longer stay; God bless you all, both great and small And send you a joyful May. COMPOSITIONS! in the CELTIC A The May Day Carol I've been a wand"ring all the night, And the best part of the day, And when I come back home again I will bring you a branch of May. T S S Dance Tunes TRADITION. 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Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 23 T h e M a y D a y C a r o l © 1955 Jean Ritchie, Geordie Music Publishing Company Tablature Arrangement by Lorraine Lee Hammond ©1992 D a s I've been a-wan-dring 0 3? 2 G- I all the o 2 2 ni$ht and the / c? 7) It D 3fe I best pan of the o 2. it 5 XL £. (9 A O day and 3 - - O / - f — - - - 2. when 'fr 3 f 2 come back '3 j 4~3 D a - gam I will bnn^youa branch o-f I/iowq o a zz: T H E \ a 2 4 M A R Y - G A E L E X C L U S I V E L Y T r a d i t i o n a l o—r A M E R I C A N I n s t r u m e n t s ik. 2 May 2 Q O < o - - <9 - - - - S H O P HANDCRAFTS How I Build The Things S u p p l i e s by Hammered Dulcimers & Appalachian Dulcimers Bill, Nancy & Dave Keane 404 N. Donnelly Street Mount Dora, FL 32757 (904) 735-3667 Charlie Aim Book describes step-bij-step how to build a hammer dulcimer. M-jnu, tips and illustrations. Helpful to novice and professional. C19.95 Woodworks P.O. 218 « ° Brookston. IN 47923 317-563-3504 l-5pm M-F or t Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com M /M r 24 • Dulcimer Players News Andy Robinson t a l k s t o h i m s e l f Andy Robinson is the songwriter/leader of Different World, an eclectic folk-pop group from Los Angeles. The group's self-titled debut recording was released in 1990 on the Vanguard label. Andy plays mountain dulcimer and kalimba, using both instruments to play lead against a backing of acoustic guitar, electric bass, and drums. He also shares lead vocals with Different World co-founder, Betsy Gerson. In this article, Andy interviews himself. C a r d b o a r d Blue Lion - L.R. Baggs D u l c i m e r We make sturdy, inexpensive instruments, ideal for beginning players, schools and camping trips. Our kits are designed for novice builders. All parts are pre-cut. Assembly takes two hours, requires no sharp or unusual tools. 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Blue Lion Musical Instruments 4665 Parkhill Road Santa Margarita. CA 93453 (805) 438-5569 ie (Sounds Upstairs in the Davis Mercantile Post Office Box 837 Shipshewana, IN 46565-0837 (219) 768-7776 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 25 • Hey, how's it goin'? Okay! Good! • Great. So how did you happen to pick up the dulcimer? When I was in high school a buddy of mine brought one to school one day. I asked him to let me play it, and then he had a hard time getting it back! Eventually I saved my money and had die guy who built myfriend'sinstrument build me one too. It had wooden tuning pegs, and I used to try to amplify it with this bizarre, clunky contact mike that I'd attach with a giant rubber band. It kept popping off, and the feedback was awful! But I had the Jean Ritchie instruction book and a copy of Richard and Mimi Farina's Celebration For a Grey Day LP, so I was set. Nothing could stop me! Tuning problems? So what? Squealing feedback? No problem! Actually, it was pretty frustrating. • Did you have any previous musical experience? Yes, I've played drums for several years. And I used to write lyrics for the band I was in at the time. Around the sametimeI became interested in the dulcimer I also began to play the kalimba, or thumb-piano. Both of these instruments struck me as good, non-threatening ways to develop a sense of melodic expression. Of course, most of the musicians I knew didn't take either of these instruments too seriously. You know, a dulcimer was supposed to be a decorative item you hung on the wall! But I always figured that with a little imagination you could do a lot with four strings. W The S p a Mountain t i e Dulcimer • Did you listen to a lot of dulcimer music? Not really. I grew up in San Diego, and as far as I could tell there were only about six people in the entire world who played these things! I was listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and trying to do my own version of what the guitar players were doing. I wanted to be the George Harrison of the mountain dul-. cimer! Nowdays there are worthwhile players around to be inspired by, especially David Schnaufer and Mark Tindle. I'm sure there were good players back then, but I sure hadn't heard them. Except for Richard Farina. • What does your current equipment setup consist of? I have two main dulcimers for both recording and playing live. My birch-and-rosewood teardrop was built by a now-defunct San Diego company called American Dream. It has no extrafret.My second dulcimer is a Folk Roots six-string, although recenUy I've taken off the extra strings in order to facilitate some string-bending things I do. I also have a cardboard dulcimer I built from a kit by Backyard Music. I haven't used it yet in live performance but I have recorded several demos with it! For playing live I amplify my instruments with a Roland Jazz Chorus guitar amp; the chorus effect can be subtle, and quite nice with both the dulcimers and the kalimba. All my instruments have piezzo electric pickups mounted inside. I made die one for the sixcontinued on the next page n for you, . . if you • arc: !A beginner with no musical experience. • & student who instrument wants to enhance an your lessons. • J%n advanced ready for • Just McSpadden — Send $1.50 for our full color catalog. — player superior looking who is quality. for some good Musical P.O. Box 1230 (Dept. DPN) Mountain View. Arkansas 72560 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com fun. Instruments Highway 9 North (501) 269-4313 26 • Dulcimer Players News Andy Robinson continued string myself, using the Radio Shack parts that Sam Rizzetta mentioned in his technical column in DPN, Jan/March 1990. It works great, it only cost me about five bucks, and if / can build one, anyone can! On the teardrop I use a Boss graphic equalizer foot pedal to smooth out the tone by dampening certain frequencies that can be bothersome when you amplify an acoustic dulcimer. I do a lot of noter-style lead playing, and for a noter I use a popsicle stick (no particular flavor). I play standing up, but I don't use a strap. Instead I've fashioned a stand out of a small wooden ironing board. David Johnston at Black Mountain Instruments is building me a real stand now, as well as a beautiful electric dulcimer. I'll probably start experimenting with a few more effect pedals once I have the electric to work with. • Do you use any special tunings? My standard tuning is EE B E. I also tune EE A E; and I use a couple of octave tunings, like BB B B, and "Flame" is in DD D D. Lately I've been using a few more minor tunings, as well as some offbeat things. I've got one new song where the tuning is DB G D. It's all fingerpicking and chords. Although I write my songs on the dulcimer I generally have to pick up a guitar in order to communicate which chords I want the band to play. • You seem to wear a lot of hats in addition to the Mack one in the picture—singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, bandleader, manager...which one is the real you? They're all important but they all revolve around the central one of songwriter—because if you don't have a worthwhile song to sing then all the other stuff doesn't amount to much. As far as managing, that's temporary; we are seeking new management. • Can you tell me a little about the rest of the group? They'll hurt me if I don't. Betsy Gerson plays guitar and sings for us. She has a very pure, honest sort of singing voice. Mike O'Leary is playing lead guitar, Stephen Burr is our bassist, and our drummer is Kenny Elkind. He is a very musical drummer, and that's the best kind there is. All in all, a swell group. Fun to be around. • What does the future hold for Different World? We've been booking our own mini-tours here in California. We'll continue to do that and try to play out of state as well. We're looking into some larger venues, the smaller clubs, and some of the folk festivals. We're getting ready to produce our own half-hour televised concert on public access TV - Different World Presents Themselves! And we're writing and learning tunes for our next album. continued at the bottom of the next page I New Recording By Mary Ann ADJUSTABLE HAMMERED* DULCIMER STAND Samuels C l o u d S h i p s Lullabies, Lovely Melodies and Fun Folk Songs Mary Ann sings and plays mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and whistles and is joined byfivesingers and five instrumentalists • $10 Also Ava With P R O D U C T S T H A T W O R K ISrsjMS94-t2 BY BUCK (tJadt• in Oua WorAxAo/ii-J My Dulcimer Featuring the Hammered Dulcimer • Songs for Children $8 Great Sing-Alongs from Sara Melton Keller & Mary Ann Samuels • $8 IRISH B O D H R A N • DESIGNED, >• rAe MUSICIAN • • A CLASSIC • • FUN anJEASY to PLAF • .../r/t/t • Ara/es a/u/ WHITE OAK 18" DIA.-GOATSKIN HEAD SOLID WHITE OAK-STEAM BENT BODY MANY UNUSUAL FEATURES FURNITURE PRODUCT • ADJUSTS • to ALL PEOPLE W DULCIMERS VISA & MASTERCARD INFORMATION ON REQUEST BUCK MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PROD. 40 SAND RD NEW BRITAIN. PA 18901 Please add $1 per recording for shipping and send check to: Mary Ann Samuels, 148 Locust Terrace, Burlington, VT 05401. 802-658-0832 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 27 Tuning DDD KeyofD Slowly F l a f D D 6 pp o o 4- 3 r7 «* 2 Q y o u r o o p / 3 <f 3 O o 0 0 o i 3 3 3 ~ t 3 0 0 0 0 2. dumb n *h ^ O O o 0 I Can't-feel a O n n o n I f 3 + need 3 r o sr 0 % 2 t o i l 3 l 3 3 -fo -flame, 0 5" r o oo s 1 f1 I 1 JJ fC 7 p ^ burning rtW— r 5-5-5- love J Want tha+can 5 T 5- 5" 4- 3 •2. 2- a3 4f 5-5-5-^3 n 0 0 0 0 000 d O0 O 'J 1 nfiv- er be3 ZZ o o p | > > / 7 ) i= * - f I J burn tpvodfrdt my 5" !T T <f 3 mem- 0- *y 33 aa. *4f 4q-fT 5 5 " q- 3 OOO 0 0 n 0 00 lb. J J n love fa left me numb ?- G- Andy Robinson ©1990 B -fting inside o 0 o 0 *2- 1 f e rOnoW "W t nWit* »5 Sound 0 n o o <+- <f- 3 3 33 6 6 5" 5" ft 6 r y I see 3° 0 0 0 o '« m II 1 • Do you have any advice for beginners? The best advice I can give is, begin and don't stop! A dulcimer player plays the dulcimer! • Boy, that's brilliant. Thank you. Here's a transcription of my ballad, "Flame." I picked it because of its universal theme of heartbreak, and because we recorded it very simply - no bass, no drums. You can really hear what we're playing. The tuning, again, is DD D D. I hope you'll enjoy learning and playing it! 0 J J i 1 J 2. Some arc prK//y Some ore plain They used to make me smile. But lately I don't know how, It just don't seem worthwhile. J J 3. All night long I smoke and I drink To pass the time alone. By midnight V ve found my way Into the twilight zone. Different World Vanguard VHD 79458 (CD) Vanguard VHC 79458 (cassette) Different World 11684 Ventura Blvd. Suite 692 Studio City, CA 91604 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. 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Also Available: Chameleon cassette $9/ CD$15 Lovely Celtic instrumental music of the 18th century on ttammer dulcimer, violin, virginal, cittern, and mandolin Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 â€˘ 29 by G . William Troxler Montpelier, M D In the preliminary article of this eight-part series (DPN January 1992), Bill explained how to identify the relationships among musical tones and understand scales. He also familiarized us with some basic terms like octave, diatonic, chromatic, interval, fundamental, and solfege. Now he takes a look at how strings vibrate and produce sound, and some characteristics of that sound. â€˘ Vibrating Strings Physicists have spent a great deal of time describing the movement of vibrating strings. They have impressive formulas to explain what most dulcimer players already know: the more tension applied to a string, the higher its pitch. Under equal tension, heavy gauge wire will produce a pitch lower than that of light gauge wire. If the tension on a string remains the same while its length increases, the pitch will drop. These are observable physical behaviors of strings. Yet to really understand how harmony works and how strings produce music, we must turn to physics for some not-so-obvious explanations. Pluck a dulcimer string and imagine it vibrating back and forth through its resting position until it runs out of energy. Figure 1 shows the string's position of maximum travel as the loop position and the ends of the strings as the nodes. This description is satisfying, but too simple. Actually, a string moves in very complex ways. Once plucked or struck, a string vibrates as though it were not only its full length, but also half its length, a third of its length, a quarter of its length, a fifth of its length and so forth on out to infinity! Here's another way to think of this complex motion. A single real string produces a sound that is the combination of an infinite number of "ideal" strings. One ideal string sounds as if it were as long as the entire string. Another ideal string sounds as if it were half the length of the actual string. Still another ideal suing sounds as if it were one third the length of the actual suing. Ad infinitum, these ever-shorter imaginary strings add tones to the acoustic energy radiating from the real string. The actual movement of the real string is the sum of the individual movements of these ideal strings. Figure 1 shows how the individual movements would appear and how the sum of the movements would look if we could take a stop-action photo of the string in motion. â€˘ Overtones How does all this affect the sound the string produces? Well, when a suing is shortened by one-half, its pitch increases by a factor of two; that is an octave. Another way to think of this is that the half-length suing vibrates twice during the same time the fulllength suing vibrates once. So, when a dulcimer string is plucked, the resulting sound will include the fundamental tone plus the tone an octave higher; but mat's not all. When a string is shortened to one-third its original length, its pitch increases by 3/2. continued on page 31 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 1 "TOM BAEHR certainly has a vision of the potential ot the (fretted) dulcimar.* - Jeff Doty. Dulcimer Players News. Wmtar 1991. • An Inhabited Garden Real-Time Cassette of 15 lingerpicked dulcimer solos, including AH in a Garten $9.95 Green. Soldiers March, Morgan Maqan. Tha Foggy Daw. « Also by Tom Beehr - Books (or fretted dulcimer » • New Tunes / Otd Friends 19 Songs and Dances, including Old Joa Clark. Soldiers March, WHdwood Flower. Arkansas $4.95 Traveler. 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Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 â€˘ 31 I Actual Motion of String Fundamental Plus Three Overtone* All Equal Strength Chords & Harmony continued Travel Distance of String 4i That is, the shortened string vibrates three times during the time the full-length vibrates twice. This new frequency produces an interval of a fifth above the second tone. So when a dulcimer string is plucked the sound includes the fundamental tone, the octave above, and the fifth above that octave. This process continues out to infinity. The string sends out a separate musical tone for each of the imagined shortened strings. Each of these tones above the fundamental is called an "over. y _l I I 1 1 I I I I I 1 1 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 1 I I I â€˘ i i tone." i (Figure 2 show the first six overtones on middle C.) On a real instrument, each tone in the overtone series has a different Length Of String am pi itudc or volume. The fundamental is usually the strongesL The higher overtones get weaker very rapidly. Usually the first I Motion of an Ideal String dozen overtones are the most significant in the series; these overtones are responsible for determining the character of the sound Travel Distance of String produced by the suing. Musicians refer to that character by the t.2 Loop French word timbre (pronounced "tam'-bre.") Length Of String I Motion of Fundamental And Two Overtone Vibration* 1.5 Travel Distance of String -0.6 -1.6 Length Of String Fundamental 2nd Overtone 3rd Overtone First Six Overtones of Middle "C" 4th O.T. 2nd O.T. Fundamental Tone Middle "C" 3rd O.T. â€˘ Timbre Timbre is what identifies the voice of the piano, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, flute, trumpet, or any instrumenL The flute has a rapidly decreasing overtone series. As a result, the flute produces a nearly pure fundamental tone. The banjo and the oboe produce nasal, harsh sounds because of their strong, high-numbered overtones. On string instruments like the dulcimer you can find the overtones very easily. Guitar players and mountain dulcimer players talk about harmonics. These are merely the overtones exposed without the presence of the fundamental. Figure 3 shows five harmonics on the mountain dulcimer and correlates them to the overtone series. Suing instrument players have only limited control over timbre. Where the suing is plucked affects the timbre because at various locations along the suing some overtones are at a loop position, some are at a node position, and others are in between. When a suing is plucked at the point of a loop for an overtone, that overtone is emphasized. The overtone is louder because at the loop position the overtone receives maximum energy from the pick or hammer. When the suing is plucked at the point of a node for an overtone, that overtone receives little energy and is silent in the overtone series. You can try this on the mountain dulcimer. Pluck near the bridge of the instrument; here the 7th and 9th overtones are at loop positions. Those high harsh overtones create a sound that often appears in rock & roll music. Pluck in the middle of the suing and the tone is pure, hollow, and weak: at the middle of the suing the fundamental receives maximum energy at the 6th O.T. expense of other overtones. Pluck at the standard pick position and the tone is a balanced combination of overtones, which we expect from the instrumenL 5th O.T. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com continued on page 33 The Autoharpoholic istoautoharpers what Dulcimer Players News istodulcimer players. It gets people together." Jean Ritchie B a y l o r C M a d e ' D u l c i m e r s ™ AUTOHARPOHOLIC® E The International Autoharp Journal SinCG 1980 The Autoharpoholic magazine has created an International network of autoharpers by uniting players throughout the world. 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Dissonance creates expectation or anticipation. Dissonance forces movement in music. On the diatonic scale the dissonant intervals are DO-RE and DO-TI. (If you prefer numbers, the intervals are 1-2 and 1-7). All other intervals (DO-ME, DO-FA, DO-SOL, DO-LA), are consonant. The notion of consonance and dissonance has a major impact on how chords and harmony are used. We use consonance and dissonance to create and relieve tension. Consonance and dissonance are not just esthetic judgments built from cultural tradition. They work because of the overtone series. It is possible to show this by using lots of arithmetic, but a simple chart is just as effective. Figure 4 shows the overtone series of two consonant tones, C and E. The first five pairs of these overtones are fully consonant; that is, E-E, B-G, G#-E are all consonant with one another. This means that the overtone series of the two fundamental tones are fully consonant Now look at the third column in Figure 4. Here the overtone series for D is shown. C and D are dissonant and so is every pair of tones in the overtone series of these two fundamental tones: C-D, G-A, E-F#. At no point do these two overtone series come into consonance. Harmony, therefore, is based on the Fretted Tone ME FA SO LA DO Hamonic Tone ME DO SO ME DO Flat C r e e k M o u n t a i n Dulcimers Handcrafted in Hardy, Arkansas <^*> Solid Wood Qrover Timers Plush Lined Case Overtone on the Lap Dulcimer Fret Number 2 3 4 5 8 overtone series. What we hear subconsciously drives our conscious musical likes and dislikes. Musicians may not sit around discussing the overtone series, but all their musical decisions rest on this basic physical principle. In the third installment in this series, we leave physics and make music. Chords—the major and minor triads and their sevenths—will be the next topic. 0 Larkin's Dulcimer Book String Length .20 .25 .33 .40 .50 Overtone Number 5 A 3 5 2 Notes: 1. The fundamental is the first overtone. 2. The string length measured as a fraction of the length of the unfretted string. FREE SHIPPING For information & brochure, call toll free: 1-800-272-2992 Flat Creek Dulcimer Shop Rt. 1 Box 83-A Hardy, AR 72542 501-856-2992 • Consonance and Dissonance Overtone Series Fundamental 2nd Overtone 3rd Overtone 4th Overtone 5th Overtone E E' B' E" G#" Notes: 1. All overtones of E and C are consonant. 2. All overtones of D and C are dissonant. C C* G' C" E" D D' A' D" F#" "WIN FIELD W I N N E R S / A U T O H A R P " | CASsetfe oJMum FULL HOUR,' g NINE Vtff€RBUT WMNE8S*"d FINALISTS I DREW SMITH,7«Gr*M AII-/Ueri«M AaMwy | Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 1529 ARPM0RE RD^HO-HCHCU^NJ <W23 * Hammer D u l c i m e r The most important thing you TABLATURE CHART can add to your music is a musical "feel." Make this bouncy, emphasizing the first beat of each measure. See, if only in your head, the dancers dancing to mis. Don't play I — saw a cartoon this week whose I I punch line remarked that what con- it faster than they can dance. Play it with good humor. I I stitutes good news was certainly L_ " 1 . * ' weird when you got to be old. Well, About the revised tablature -3>' I'm totally ecstatic this morning and I chart: I'mfinishingup another ii - 2 ' can't even find anyone who can rejoice book and had to make some final 6with me. You see, I got this new CD that decisions about tab charts. In the I'm just crazy about and I've listened to it more advanced playing, there's a over and over the past couple of days. As strong need for a tab chart for each if that weren't joy enough, Ifinallyfigured separatetimesignature. Joe Morout enough of this wonderful new music gan gave great thought to the tab 2'r-ssoftware (Finale for IBM) to do this article and advised me to have all the fwith it. Perhaps this is the reason dul- 4 ' notes of each octave, no matter cimists stick together. I just know you'll 7>where they appear, with the same 7understand perfectly why I'm so joyful. primes. For instance, the lowest 6-2' Others think I'm weird. Of course, just 7?' B octave has no primes at all. The because you understand doesn't mean I'm middle one has one prime. The 5not weird—or vice versa. upper one has two primes. The 4" L basic setup is the same: the notes I've done a workshop called, "How to 3of the scale are numbered 1-7. Steal a Little from Everyone You've Ever - 6 Number 1 is the first tone of that Heard." Most of the festival coordinators 2—/ scale, number 2 is the second tone, — 5 2wouldn't let me use that title, but that was 1i At the gist of it, nonetheless. I don't go along etc. There is no number 8 because that's number 1 an octave higher, with taking someone's arrangement note so it's called 1. If there's a line for note. I was fortunate to see and hear 777/5 is not a tuning chart. Consult your builder for under the number, it's on the bass some of the very best dulcimists from the correct tuning of your instrument. bridge. If it has no line, it's on the very beginning of my playing. I was even right side of the treble bridge. If it more fortunate, perhaps, to realize that I has a line over, it's on the left side of the could never be as good a Rizzetta as Rizhear. This doesn't have to be confined to zetta, as good a McCutcheon as McCutch- treble bridge. I know this is considerably dulcimists. I've learned a lot of things I use more cluttered. Sorry. The main reason I eon as good a Dalglish—etc. So, I didn't on dulcimer from listening to Dan Crary's believe it has a great deal of internal sense try. I just picked up a lick here and there, guitar work and from R.P. Hale's harpsiis because I can write it out, almost withmostly; listening to their recordings. Each chord recordings. thing I played would have a little from this out checking the chart. I never could do I wish that each of you could have a one, a little from that one, hopefully some- that before. Joe's a very sensible sort of David Lindsey in your life. David was so guything all my own once in a while. helpful and encouraging, especially when I After playing for only a few months I There's a strong chance the letter names was first starting out. That's when I needed learned "Over the Waterfall" from David of the notes won't corresponding to the it. I hardly ever see him any more, but I Lindsey. The first version that appears here tuning of your dulcimer. That's fine. Just will be eternally grateful. I also wish mat is the "bare-bones" version that I learned. figure out where 1 is on yours and go from you would be a David to someone. There's Version II contains a few licks mat I there. Don't ever change your tuning to every bit as much pleasure in the giving of added. The first change is in the fourth full match one you found in a book. Your encouragement as in the receiving of it. measure of the A part I based that on builder should provide you with a tuning Furthermore, as long as I'm handing out something I heard Cathy Barton do. The chart If that's not possible, you'll need to wishes, I wish that you would have a new second ending of the A part came from a seek the advice of a good builder about tune that would bring you the joy this one Jimmy CooperrecordingI heard about that correct tuning. I've been listening to has brought me. And time. The first and fifth measures of the B I wish you some personal success to correAbout the notation: if the stem has a part were the way David Lindsey was spond with my software achievement. couple of lines cutting through it, the note playing them. Measure seven of the B part is to be rolled, a couple of bounces with Any questions or suggestions? Harvest and the second ending, I got from Peter onefingermotion. Time Music, 1114 Vine St, Denton TX Pickow's book Hammered Dulcimer. 76201. Phone 817/387-4001. H "Steal" a little from every player you Linda Lowe Thompson 4 7 8 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 35 # s <5 i J!2 A L ft t.g 3 £ ^'fc'S' £ 4' *- tt 4' 1 «r tr I 4 ^ ^ <• 4 4' 3'4' £ * " J ^ H L. £ t_ \lh j j = = i# 1 r r 11J 3 5' ft ^ 4 j m i V 5' 4' 3' 3' 4' L £ L ft L ft * Lr l L. £ L ft 2. jj n ] i i -0 f L L-R ', i i J J S' S« 4 ' 3" XI ft t- £ L £ ,< 2" s« 4" r x ft rrTr fi r f r . J # r y i" bi* «. <_ ft* ¥± t- A. <_ e c ^ /_ • m a tnr * ft. t- IS t- • ft L fi i\ 1 9 « * * J S ' C ' S W 3' fe n * d • £ L ft <_ ft I6 J -« ^ 4' fi A R H. 2 1 -# 4'4' S'f 5'«4' 5' 4' 3' 2 ' WJJ 1 ' L J 4 c r — . A L- 1^ n f i 4 c ^' —0-^ 'S \ «- L m m —1 i_ £ 4- j «+' 4'4'4' 3 ' 4 ' . .-2r3"4"S" 3' 4' V— 3 ' *4' £ L. L- *«N 9h§ Vr l t. ^ i« . An K 5"4' <e « d i' L l\ J 5' L> S' *4' 3 ' ^ £. « L. £ R. J T V R. L . d y S" 4" 3" 3-" -5' i" y i* i* « J «- L ft i, £ L & L = ^ # ^ = : Terr ri.i a w - # a fc. <e i J i' i s ft L «. ft V- fe 4- a' . l ' S S ' 3 ' i" lr ^ 4. « U Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com 0 0 1 fr. L- 36 • Dulcimer Players News NICHOLAS BLANTON I first met a hammered dulcimer in 1976, in Elkins, West Virginia. It I I was a soprano, a tiny one. Paul I I I ' Reisler, of Trapezoid, was playing it at Davis and Elkins College, where I was in school. Paul was pretty shaggy—lots of us were then—and had a huge beard and giant mane of hair. (Irecallwondering if there were rules about not playing instruments smaller than your head.) But I liked the sound. That summer at the Augusta workshop, I built one in Paul's class. Then it stayed on its stand in my dorm for a year. I'd been a recorder/tin whisUe player, but dulcimer took up more and more of my time. I learned fiddle tunes, and played them fast and loud. Ralph Gordon, then of Trapezoid, was into Carolan tunes, and so we did a lot of cello-dulcimer duets. That smoothed out my style a bit. Later, while working at Colonial Y/illiamsburg, I fell in with a band of Early and Eastern music buffs. I was working in the gunsmith shop in knee breeches by day, and playing Renaissance dances, Afghani tunes, and attempting to jam according to Indian rules by night. Our band, Soma, had the most cross-cultural medleys (like Irish to Indian), most instrumental changes during a number, and fewest gigs of any band I've seen, but it was fun. And when I was addled by culture shock, I could play loud fiddle tunes at the weekly Friends of Appalachian Music jam, which still exists. I kept building instruments, finally quitting my job with Flintlock rifles to build and play full time. I did a few Renaissance festivals, accompanied a mime troupe through Rumania, played in a Punch and Judy puppet show, and then in 1983 formed Trapezoid Instruments with Paul Reisler and Sam Rizzetta, moving back to Elkins. I moved into Ralph Gordon's back room, slept next to his vibraphone, and for iM3sBlBnton,Seth*usten Llof:N a hectic year cranked out those plain, nicesounding Chromatics and Grandes. And became a music student of Marleen Montgomery, who improved my reading/writing skills and helped my playing a lot. Then, everyone moved east I settled in Shepherdstown, and continued to build instruments with Sam Rizzetta, and play music with Ralph Gordon. I met guitarist Seth Austen. Suddenly, it seemed time to do a recording! Ways Upon Bells turned out to be much of what we'd hoped; not a rendition of Early Music, though we drew on a lot of early material, but an effort to use the hammered dulcimer as an expressive voice, with a range of dynamics and tone color. In the end, we used material ranging from Carolan to Coltrane. It's exciting to be part of the growth of a musical instrument. Hammered dulcimers have come a long way in the past twenty years. They stay in tune better, are lighter, have greater range, better response, and more chromatics than they used to generally possess. And it's not over; I found a new bronze this year for strings—it works where the scale is too short for steel and too long for brass. We're going to call it Bright Bronze. And what people play has changed, as well. There's a lot more variety in the choice of music. But there's still an openness that you don't find with players of many other instruments, because rules and absolutes don't matter much when the music is constanUy evolving. This means more work; a violinist has had the benefit of 200 years of players' experience in figuring out how to hold a bow. We still don't know what a dulcimer hammer should ideally look like, or how to use it. So we have to exchange information and keep updated. That's why my wife, Joanie, and I started the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest, so people could exchange ideas and learn from some real experimenters in technique. It's been a great success so far. I've got a method for holding hammers and playing with minimal effort, and I'm hoping to see someone this year who has found something better. Joanie, my wife, runs the Fest. I'm still producing instruments for myself and Sam, and working on material for my next recording with Ralph and Seth. As if I weren't in enough trouble, I've finished my first lightweight cimbalom; and there are some Greek santouri pieces, by the great Aristidis Moschos, that I'm itching to try... 0 Nick Blanton Box 1473 Sheperdstown, WV 25443 (304) 263-2531 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. 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Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring 1992 • 37 Der Ziguener Tantz i i •——:—— i—I ff#*BFH ; ij s • i-i1-8—**— -a— ~ o — o — i i j j Jd "W i j J j n H—Mil' Si 4 1— 10 =8=8= -** 16 1 I 1 , ; 8 lor "O 1 8 P 20 "O— i •o—B 0 -er- -Wr- p " r ij j TT: i 11 |i 6 j i i | ' '-r^ J J ^* "O jD— 1 IS =8= -»—o- -o—r 86 This well-known Zigeuner Tantz (Gypsy Dance) from Hans Neusidler's lute book of 1540 sits nicely on ihe hammered dulcimer, and since the instrument has had a long association with Gypsies, it might even be appropriate to play it. Here it is, as transcribed from the lute tablature, from the old anthology Denkmaler der Tonkunst in Deutschland (Monuments of Musical Composition in Germany). This is not to advise playing the thing as written—it has a tempo like a reel, and there's not enough time for the luxury of full quick chords. One solution is to play melody, and have a friend do the rest on guitar, accordion, harpsichord, portative organ, etc. Another is to play the melody line and the top line of the bass clef. This is a good exercise for separating the motion of your hands and developing your aim in lashing out for low notes. Raise the low A in the bass line an octave if you don't have a big extended-range instrument- Yet another solution is to scribble in chords—just D, G, and A workfine—andfigureout your own accompaniment The HupfAuf shows the Renaissance habit of following dances in 4 with ones in 3. Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact email@example.com BARLEY BREAK AN ELIZABETHEAN WITH ARRANGEMENTS FOR APPLACHIAN LORRAINE Maiden Creek Dulcimers SONGBOOK DULCIMER LEE-HAMMOND Celtic Songs and Airs #1-15 songs and tunes from Scotland and Ireland not usually seen. DAA and DAD ...$4.95 Barley Break is a distinctive collection of 24 Elizabethan songs and tunes with complete dulcimer tablature, standard notation, and lyrics. The songs range from carols and rounds to ballads, ayres and dance tunes and include favorites like Greensleeves, HeyHo, Nobody Home, and Month Of Maying. They w i l l provide players of all levels with a wealth of material. The Barley Break cassette features instrumental versions of all 24 tunes in the book and is an excellent example of Lorraine's playing style and skill. Woodcuts by Mary Azarian illuminate the book. Book $11.95 - Tape $11.95 - Book & Tape $19.95 Postage Paid O YELLOW MOON PRESS O P.O. Box 1316, Cambridge, MA 02238 (617) 776 - 2230 Handmade Beginner's Traditional Songbook -22 favorite oldtimers sequenced for playing on 1 string, 2 strings and 3 strings, DAA, intra DAD $6.50 Christmas Sweetness-14 wonderful carols plus medleys; new settings, most not in other books. INT and ADV. DAA/DAD $4.95 Fiddle and Banjo #1-15 tunes newly arranged to sir up dust. Strums, fingering for hard part. Stubborn INT and ADV. DAD, some DAA $4.95 Available June 15-Cowboys and Vaqueros #1 Shipping 1st item $1.95, $.50 each additional Fine Fretted Dulcimers Made to Your Order 5 standard models or your 'Whimsy" Send SASE for Catalog, Book Contents Maiden Creek Dulcimers , 216/262-5563 V l e e Box 666 • Wooster, OH 44961 A new instruction booh Sue P A T T E R N S Carpenter's and P A T C H W O R K Mountain Dulcimer Fingerpicking Made Mountain Dulcimers and Kazoos Robert D. Hutchinson Yvonne P. Hutchinson Box 255 49 Bairdford Road Bairdford, PA 15006 412/265-3143 Easy • Step-by-step instruction • Easy to learn • Basic to advanced patterns • Emphasis on right hand technique • Exercises for improved tone • Over 50 arrangements of familiar, traditional, and original airs, reels, and jigs • • 152 pages • "... excellent... at the forefront of a whole new level of instructional material for dulcimer playing." -David Schnaufer ". .. should delight dulcimer teachers, 'teach- yourselfers,' and players who are beginning to arrange music.. ." -Anna Barry $19.95 • Shipping $2.75 • Sue Carpenter • P. O. Box 570-D Nassau, NY 12123 Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org A What's New edited by Carrie Crompton Spring 1992 • 39 Dulcimer Reflections Jim Hudson, 3148 Bolgos Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (cassette) Jim plays hammered dulcimer duets with Kay Brown in an all-instrumental album, as well as one or two solo numbers. Includes the Ash Grove, Draper's Maggott, Southwinds, Blind Mary. 0 Come Sing (Songs for the Seasons of Life) Clare Wettemann, Glimmerglss Reflections, RD1, Box 83, Jordonville, NY 13361 (cassette) **• Clare sings and plays American and British Isles folk music and originals. She also plays psaltery, mountain dulcimer and guitar. There are five a capella pieces with vocal harmony. Includes O Come Sing, Bonnie Eloised and Dumbarton's Drums. Dulcimer Phil Ranson, 13 Manor Grove, Newcastle NE7 7XQ England (cassette) A solo lap dulcimer tape that spans the ages: from a bouree by Telemann to John of Dreams by Tchaikovsky to In My Life by the Beaties to a blues piece by Littie Willie John, with vocals. Phil plays three dulcimers (some overdubs). He will be visiting the U.S. in September. World Resonance Cross Cultural Interpretations. Mitzie Collins, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Alfred St. John, DRK, Sampler Records, 197 Melrose St., Rochester, NY 14619 (CD, cassette) *+ Improvisations blending the traditions of the West Indies (Alfred St John on steel drums), the British Isles (Mitzie Collins on hammered dulcimer) and the Middle East (Omar Faruk Tekbilek on Middle Eastern drums, winds and strings.) Tuesday's Child Steve Schneider, Salient Musicworks, PO Box 34, Congers, NY 10920 (CD, cassette) »*• Steve is Broadway's first hammered dulcimer player, in the award-winning musical The Secret Garden. Here he plays dulcimer, accordion, piano and bass in a variety of traditional and original tunes. Abby Newton produced the album; Artie Traum, Christa Patton, Selma Kaplan, Bemhard Ruffiner, Scott Petitio and Andrea Frisch provide accompaniment. Sounds of the Season Hammered Dulcimer Solos for Christmas. Maggie Sansone, Maggie's Music Inc., PO Box 4144, Annapolis, MD 21403 (book) Thirteen arrangements of Christmas carols from Maggie's recording of the same name, in standard notation and h.d. tablature with guitar chords. Includes Masters In This Hall, Wexford Carol, Christmas Eve Reel. The Jewel David Savage, Beloved Wildness Music, PO Box 1601, Bend, OR 97709-1601 (CD, cassette) »•< Combines traditional and original tunes on hammered dulcimer accompanied by keyboards, classical guitar, flute, violin, mandolin. Four Celtic tunes, two American hymns, several pieces never previously recorded on hammered dulcimer. Winter Creek Tony Elman, Acorn Music, 486 Dawson Dr., Camarillo, CA 93012 (cassette) This label states that they donate to nonprofit organizations. The album features a diverse selection of carols and winter tunes—English, French, Spanish, American, gospel, and original played on hammered dulcimer with recorders, piano, synthesizer, pedal steel dobro, autoharp, percussion, cello, and harmonica. Reflections Ted Spurlock, Traditional Sounds, 4205 Stadium Dr., Suite 150-A, Fort Worth, TX 76133 (CD, cassette) Traditional and contemporary instrumentals played on hammer dulcimer with oboe, English horn, flute, piano and harp. Includes Rights of Man, Hewlitt, Simple Gifts. 0 ClassifiedsThe Kitchen Musician's Occasional Classifieds ads are 40( per word, payable in advance. There is a 20% discount for classified ads running unchanged in 4 or more consecutive issues. Finely Designed Hand-Crafted Folk Toys. Limber Jack, Dog, Pony, Bear, Frog, Rooster, Lamb, Unicom and Dinosaur. $11.95 each includes shipping. Jean's Dulcimer Shop, P.O. Box 8, Cosby, T N 37722. Free Catalog: Folk music and other alternative sounds on cassette, C D and video. Odd treasures, strange, different and wonderful! Quicksilver Fantasies, PO Box 1660-DPN, Post Falls. ID 83854. for Hammer Dulcimer, etc.: Booklets in standard notation, some with tablature. New #10, Airs and Melodies of Scotland's Past, airs rediscovered in early tune collections; Newly Revised #3, O'Carolan Tunes, 21 tunes; Revised #1 Waltzes, 24 waltzes and airs; #2 Old Timey Fiddle Tunes, 30 tunes; #4 Fine Tunes, 32 old standards; #5 Mostly Irish Airs, 30 tunes; #6 Jigs, with 27 jigs; #7 Michigan Tunes, 26 tunes collected from traditional players; #8 TwentyEight Country Dances, English country dance music and instructions; #9 Favourite Scotch Measures, 25 strathspeys, reels, jigs, pipe tunes. Books $4.00 each. 60 minute cassette Tape #5 companion to Irish Airs, 22 tunes from the book, $9.00; Add $1.00 post for one item, 40 cents each additional. Sara Johnson, 449 Hidden Valley Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45215. Also from The Kitchen Musician: "New Folk" blending of traditional and contemporary instrumental and vocal Celtic/American music, on hammer dulcimer, violin, viola, keyboard, piano, guitar, cittern, mandolin, electric wind instrument, Dobro. And our recording on cassette only. Green Groves of Erin. Also, three Ten Strike members on Chameleon tape/CD, violin, virginal, hammer dulcimer, cittern and mandolin playing traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland and France, in arrangements that will appeal to lovers of Celtic or classical music. Several tunes from Kitchen Musician books #5 and #9. Cassette $10.30 postpaid, C D $16.00 postpaid, c/o Sara Johnson, 449 Hidden Valley Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45215. Bass Dulcimer, Blue Lion. Excellent Includes wooden case. $350. Call 716/896-6462, evenings. Finally! Ten Strike's New tape/CD recording Neuantics, a Please do not reprint or redistribute without permission. 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S u p p l i e s f o r D u l c i m e r F r o m M a k e r s Folkcraf t Folkcraft is your source for instrument making supplies. All wood is carefully dried and seasoned. Tops, backs, sides, and fingerboards are sanded to exact tolerances and matched. You'll also find quality accessories and strings, and quick delivery. Items within the same category may be combined for quantity discounts. Example: 4 walnut backs 2 cherry backs, use the 6-11 price for each. Orders for 50 or more pieces in the same category receive a 10% additional discount from the 12 and up price. DULCIMER BACKS DULCIMER TUNING PEGS Dimensions 7" x 32' x 1/8" for 1 pc 8"x32"x 1/8" for 2 pc (two 4 ltem# 501 Cherry 1 pc 502 Cherry 2 pc 503 Walnut 1 pc 504 Walnut 2 pc 505 Hond Mahogany 1 pc 506 Hond. Mahogany 2 pc 506 Birdseye Maple 2 pc 510 Curly Maple 2 pc E. Indian Rosewood 2 pc 511 pes) 1-5 780 805 8.60 890 8.60 890 10.80 10.30 18.45 6-11 7.00 7.25 7.75 8.00 7.75 8 00 9 70 9 35 16.60 12&up 6.65 6 85 7.35 1 60 1 35 7 60 9 20 8 80 15.75 SOUNDBOARDS Dimensions 7" x 32' x 1/8" for 1 pc 8" x 32' x 1/8" for 2 pc (two 4" pes) Sitka Spruce and W.R. Cedar are vertical grain 551 No. 1 Spruce 2 pc 8.25 553 W.R. Cedar 1 pc 8.25 554 W.R Cedar 2 pc 8.25 350 3.90 3.90 5.40 5.15 9.15 7.45 7.45 7.45 7.05 705 705 3 35 3 70 3.70 4 85 •I 65 8 25 ,00 3 35 3 35 4 60 4.40 1 80 FINGERBOARDS Dimensions 3/4" x 32" x 1 1/2' 650 Cherry 651 Walnut 652 Hond. Mahogany 653 Clear Maple 65-: Bdseye Maple 555 Curly Maple 656 E. Indian Rosewood 7.55 820 820 6.95 9.50 9.35 20.35 6 8<: 7.40 i 40 6 25 8 55 8.40 18.30 E 45 ^00 00 5 95 8 10 8.00 17.35 S2.00/FINGERBOARD DELRIN PLASTIC NUT AND BRIDGE STOCK 700 To fit above S1 00 per ft. POSITION MARKERS 900 991 Abalone Dots (6 MM) Mother of Pearl Dots (6 MM) 50 ea. 35 ea. DULCIMER PEG HEADS Circle: 1 pc or 2 pc Dimensions 1 1/2' x 3* x 8" for 1 pc 1 1/2" x 3' x 8" (two 3/4" pes) 750 Cherry •I 85 A 35 4.15 751 Walnut 5 35 •i 80 4.55 752 Hond. Mahogany 5 25 4.70 4.50 5 95 5 35 5.10 753 Birdseye Maple 754 Curry Maple 5.70 5.15 4.90 755 E. Indian Rosewood 14.60 13.15 12.50 758 African Mahogany 4.85 4.35 4.15 DULCIMER TAIL BLOCKS Dimensions 2" x 1 1/2" x 3" 850 Cherry 85' Walnut 852 Hond Mahogany 853 Clear Maple 35Birdseye Maple 855 Curly Maple 556 E. Indian Rosewood 2 20 2 35 2 35 2 '0 2 50 2 50 7 -0 FRICTION PEGS 3050 Ebony $2.50 ea 3060 Rosewood ... $2.25 ea. STEWART -MACD0NALD FIVE-STAR DULCIMER PEGS Pearloid button (Set of 4) 3065 (1 Set) $75.00 (2) $60.00 (3-5) $48.00 (6 & up) $42 75 200 2.10 2.10 1.90 2.25 2.25 6.40 (copper plated) (use with ball end strings) 4085 Set of 4 40 4087 4086 Pkg. of 50 2.50 4088 Pkg of 250 Pkg of 500 MOUNTAIN AND HAMMERED DULCIMER T U N E A N D INSTRUCTION BOOKS FINE INSTRUMENTS (FINISHED A N D I N KITS) CASSETTES, CD'S A N D LP'S INCLUDING: THE HAMMERED DULCIMER (CD) BILLSPENCE A N D F E N N I G ' S A L L STARS B E L O V E D A W A K E (CASS.) LORRAINE LEE M A C A R T H U R R O A D (CASS.) MARGARET MACARTHUR 9.40 15.00 STRINGS Bulk Packed (Combine Sizes for Best Discount) Plain Sizes .009 - .013 Wound Sizes .020 - .026 Plain Sizes Wound Sizes 1-12 Strings .45 ea 1.15 ea. 13-48 Strings .25 ea. .95 ea 49-144 Strings .20 ea. .75 ea. 145-288 Strings .15 ea. .55 ea. 289 & Up Strings 12 ea. .45 ea. — SPECIFY BALL OR LOOP END — Y FRONT HALL FREE C A T A L O G : (allow 4-6 weeks or send $2.00 for first class mail) P . O . B O X 307 VOORHEESVILLE, N Y 12186 T E L E P H O N E O R D E R S ($15 M i n i m u m ) 518-765-4193 VISA/MC FRET WIRE 18% Nickel-silver. Pre-straightened, 2 lengths 4090 per foot 85 5000 1/4 lb. (about 19') 8 25 5010 1 lb 27.00 DULCIMER CASES CHIPBOARD (Lozenge Shape) fits both hourglass and teardrop styles 39" x 4", 8" tapering to 5" width 5017 (1) $32.50 (2) $28.50 ea. (3-5) $22.50 ea (6 « up) $16 50 ea HARDSHELL 39" x 8" x 4" 5020 80.00 ea NUT, BRIDGE & FRET SLOTS PRE-CUT FOR 27" PATTERN (18 FRET SLOTS) GROVER "PERMA-TENSI0N" - pegs with pearloid buttons (Set of 4) 3030 (1 Set) $29.50 (2-4) $23.50 (5-11) $19.60 (12 & up) $14.75 3040 Rosewood button add S2 00/set DULCIMER STRING ANCHOR PINS DULCIMER SIDE SETS Dimensions 2" x 32" x 1/10" (2 pes) 601 Cherry 602 Walnut 603 Hond.Mahogany 604 Birdseye Maple 605 Curly Maple 606 E. Indian Rosewood MACHINE HEADS - individuals with screws, for horizontal mounting, white plastic button 3024 Set of 4 $7.30 3026 49-144 $1 40 ea. 3025 5-48 $1.55 ea 3027 145 & up $1.25ea. —ANDY'S — FRONT H A L L 1.90 200 200 1.80 2.15 2.15 605 CARRYING BAG 42' x 8" Cordura fabric, padded, lined. Has shoulder strap, handle, book/accessory pocket 5051 (1)$4995 (2)$39.95ea (3-5)$34.95ea (64up)$2995ea DULCIMER PICKS Circle one: large triangle or long oval shape 5070 Pkg. of 5 1.00 5080 Pkg of 144 14.40 5075 Pkg. of 72 10.80 5071 Herdim® "3 in 1" picks (3 gauges in 1 pick) (1-2).70ea (3-5).55ea. (6-11) .49 ea. (12&up).42ea ZITHER TUNING PEGS Nickel plated 11002 each 30 11020 Pkg. of 500 11000 Pkg. of 50 12.50 11030 Pkg of 1000 11010 Pkg. of 250 .... 47.50 75.00 110.00 HAMMERED DULCIMERS Handcrafted in Appalachian Hardwoods by Jim Miller HITCH PINS Nickel plated 135 X 1 1/4" long 13080 Pkg. of 50 5.00 13082 Pkg of 500 13081 Pkg. of 250 18.75 13083 Pkg of 1000 30.00 50.00 W r i t e for o u r complete s u p p l y list. Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer and B o w e d Psaltery! SHIPPING - Most orders shipped via LI'S. I'lease include your street address with order. Orders up to SlOO: Minimum shipping charge for woods and accessories - $5.00. Orders of $101 and up: Add 5'7i of the total order. We will bill for additional shipping when orders contain large quantities of heavy items. Prices subject to change w i t h o u t notice. fcraii m i 7 Box 807, W i n s t e d , C T 06098 (203) 379-9857 VISA A N D MASTERCARD ACCEPTED O N PHONE ORDERS 12/11 -$400.00 15/14-$495.00 Hardshell Case-$100.00 Stand - $30.00 Hammers - $10.00 Shipping - $ 10.00 P.O. Box 228 Hampton, Tennessee 37658 (615) 725-3191 Bulk Rate U.S. Postage PAID Winchester, VA Permit No. 107 Mail to: Subscribers: If your mailing label is dated 4/1/1992, that means your subscription ends with this issue. Time to renew! To keep your DPNs coming without interruption, send us your renewal before July 1,1992. Labels dated 7/1/1992 mean you have one issue after this one. Renewing early is just fine! P.O. 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